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Chamberlain heads to state as third seed in Class A

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It’s possible that the Class A team and individual competitions will see new champions this weekend.

Deuel has won the Class A team title for the last three years but is the second seed heading into the state meet, behind Madison.

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The team competitions, which combines the Class A and AA teams, begins at 11:45 a.m. Friday at Aberdeen Central High School in Aberdeen.

Madison comes into state with a qualifying score of 140.7, Deuel’s is 134.9 and Chamberlain is the third seed with a qualifying mark of 133.0. Other teams joining the Class A competition are Vermillion, Hot Springs, Milbank, Sisseton, Britton-Hecla, and Stanley County.

Last year, the Cubs took fourth place as a team.

As for the individual competition, a new champion will be crowned Saturday for Class A. Defending champion Megan Sievers, a junior from Deuel, opted not to compete during the high school season. She continues competing club in Sioux Falls and will compete for Iowa State University in the 2015-16 season.

In addition to the nine teams qualifying for the team competition, gymnasts from Wagner, Wall/Kadoka Area/Philip, Warner and West Central also qualified for the second day of competition. The individual meet begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Aberdeen.

Chamberlain has three gymnasts competing in the all-around, including Shantel Bairey, Sarah Knust and Marilyn Nasomwat. Others competing for the Cubs Saturday are Ciara Hough, Amber Felicia, Brittney Naser and Halee Larson.

Last year as a junior, Nasomwat finished 11th in the all-around.

For Wagner, Hannah Fleming is the lone all-around competitor. Red Raider head coach Cherie Petry said Fleming is fighting injuries but should be able to put together a solid meet Saturday.

“She’s working with a hip flexor injury and coming off a broken arm from the summer,” Petry said of Fleming. “She’s trying to maintain her strength and working on the mental aspect of her routines.”

Despite having one all-around competitor, all of the Red Raider gymnasts qualified on an event. Those gymnastics include Rachel Dion, Megan Kocer, Krista Dvorak, Jensen Holzbauer, Bobbi Soukup and Breana Kotab.

“I think our girls are very competitive and are internally driven,” Petry said.

There are 87 gymnasts competing over the two-day state meet in Class A this year.

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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