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Anderson qualifies for state

By Staff | Feb 28, 2011

Chante Anderson competes on the uneven bars during one of Blue Earth Area’s meets this past season. Anderson earned a score of 8.275 on the bars during the Section 2A meet Friday, Feb. 18, to qualify for state.

By posting an 8.275 on the uneven bars during the Section 2A gymnastics meet Friday, Feb. 18, Blue Earth Area gymnast Chante Anderson qualified for the State Tournament.

She was the only Buc to advance to state after sections, but head coach Sandy Oswald says the team had an all-around good finish.

“They did well,” Oswald says. “Not a lot of placements, but they did well, finishing with a 130.925.”

New Prague finished 10 points ahead of the Bucs to win the section meet with a score of 140.675. Waconia came in second (134.5) and Mankato East took third (132.525).

Three gymnasts — Cassie Thompson, Marissia Hagedorn and LaNay Walker — competed all-around for BEA.

Thompson led her team on the vault and the floor with scores of 9.0 and 8.975, respectively. She recorded 7.15 on the bars and finished with a 7.45 on the beam.

Hagedorn posted a team-high score of 8.3 on the beam. She tallied 8.85 on the floor, 7.625 on the bars and 8.7 on the vault.

Walker reached 8.15 on the bars and 8.3 on the floor, and put up scores of 8.05 and 7.275 on the vault and beam, respectively.

A junior at BEA, and the team’s lone state-qualifier, Anderson consistently led her team on the bars throughout the season.

She scored 7.7 against Worthington to turn in a first-place finish on the bars in the Bucs’ first meet Dec. 7.

Anderson again came in first on the bars for the Bucs’ second meet Dec. 16, this time recording a considerably higher score of 8.45.

By Jan. 15, against Martin County Area, she had posted a score of 8.575 on the bars. But, about one week later, she suffered a minor injury to her sternum during practice, taking her out of competition for the next few meets.

Despite the injury, Anderson was back on the bars for sections and earned a spot at state. She competed in the State Tournament Saturday morning at the University of Minnesota.