By Brady Ambrose
Three members of the Caledonia/Houston/Spring Grove gymnastics team were named to the all conference squad at the section one, class 1A meet in Inver Grove Heights Saturday.
Kaylee Cavanaugh, Sierra Hunter and Tara Solberg earned the honors for the Warriors, who placed sixth in the team standings with 127.55 team points with Cavanaugh finishing ninth in the all-around with a score of 33.500. Hunter placed 11th with 32.800 points and Solberg was 25th at 30.975 points.
The Austin Packers repeated as team champion with 149.225 team points to easily outdistance themselves from the rest of the field. Byron-Lourdes was second with 137.6 team points. Austin senior Sela Fadness, the defending class A state champion, won the vault (9.8), bars (9.65) and the floor exercise (9.725), winning the all-around with 38.2 points.
Cavanaugh placed 11th on the floor exercise, 18th on the beam, 12th on the uneven bars and was 23rd on the vault out of 68 entrants. The top four individuals in each event and the all-around, as well as the Austin team, now advance to the state meet Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavillion.
The Warriors finally got a home meet when they hosted Stewartville and Pine Island Feb. 10 at CHS, beating Stewartville 127.025-119.425 and losing a close, 130.100-127.025 decision to Pine Island. Against Stewartville, Cavanaugh won the all-around, winning the floor exercise and finishing second in the bars and beam and placing fourth on the vault. Sierra Hunter won the bars and beam with an identical 8.050 on each event and was second on the floor and fifth in the vault to place second in the all-around. Abby Hoskins was third and Tara Solberg fourth in the all-around against Stewartville.
Against Pine Island, Cavanaugh was second in the all-around, followed by Hunter (4th), Hoskins (7th), Solberg (8th) and Emily Hahn, who placed ninth. Hunter won the bars with a score of 8.050, and Solberg tied for second on the vault with a score of 8.550.
The section 1A meet marks the end of the prep gymnastics season for the Warriors, who finished with a 5-7 meet record.