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Saints Gymnastics Takes 4th at 7AA Sections, Felicia Bartell Moves on to State, Team Claims Academic Champion

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The team was in great spirits as the Fighting Saints varsity gymnasts took to the floor at Forest Lake high school Saturday night for the 7AA section championship.  They faced some very stiff competition, going up against teams much larger than theirs, but each gymnast gave it their all.  When the chalk dust had settled, St Francis ended up with a team total of 136.125 and a respectable 4th place in their section. 
 
Final team scores for section 7AA:
Cambridge-Isanti 143.7
Anoka 143.4
Forest Lake 142.35
St. Francis 136.125
Blaine 132.45
Centennial 130.95
Andover 122.55
Coon Rapids 122.15
 
One of the highlights of the night was Felicia Bartell’s performance on Vault and Bars where she placed 4th in both events, securing her spots to compete in Vault/Bars this weekend at the State Championship.  She also placed an amazing 3rd All-Around!!!!  Again, that enables her to move on to State to compete All-Around!  Way to go Felicia!   Honorable mention, Allie Frank placed 7th on Beam and Felicia Bartell placed 9th.  Good job girls. 
 
They proved that not only are they athletic but they are also smart!  The Saints gymnasts received the Gold Academic Award for having a cumulative GPA above 3.75 and had the HIGHEST team GPA (3.896) of any team in the 7AA Section making them the Team Academic Champions!  Way to go ladies!!!  Individual gymnasts who had GPAs above 3.75 included: Allie Frank, Carolyn Helland, Jessica Mehregan, and Maleia St. Hilaire.
 
The 2017 MSHSL State Gymnastics meet will be held February 24-25 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.  Individual and All-Around competition will be held Saturday February 25th and class AA competition starts at 6pm.  Good luck Felicia and to all the gymnasts competing at State this weekend. 
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