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MEGA qualifies two for regionals at state club gymnastics meet

WATERTOWN — MEGA Gymnastics had two gymnasts qualify for the Region 4 Championships over the weekend.

Gymnasts in levels 8-10 can qualify for the regional meet, which is April 10-13 in Fargo, N.D. At regionals, the gymnasts will compete against

Sophomore Quinci Herll qualified in Level 9, while junior Rebecca Sadler qualified in Level 8. This was Herll’s second year making the region meet.

“I think it’s putting us on the map,” MEGA coach Audra Rew said qualifying two girls to regionals. “I’ve gotten lots of compliments from coaches and judges throughout the state on how good our young kids and older kids look on the competition floor. It’s exciting to see the talent at all levels.”

Herll finished second in her division (15 and older) with a 34.625 all-around score. She tied for first on vault (9.1) and won floor with an 8.9.

Sadler won her age group in Level 8 (13 and older) with an all-around score of 34.5. She also took first on vault with a 9.025. With her all-around score, Sadler qualified for the Super Team, which takes South Dakota’s top Level 8 gymnasts to represent the state at regionals.

“It’s a pretty exciting experience because the kids compete against the top Level 8s in every state,” Rew said. “You see some amazing kids there.”

Some of the other clubs competing at regionals is Twin City Twisters and Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute. TCT has had many gymnasts compete for Division I powerhouse programs and has had several elite gymnasts, while Chow’s produced Olympians Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas.

MEGA’s third gymnast to win an event was sophomore Emily Prill, who competes in Level 7. She took second in all-around (34.8) and first on vault (9.25) and beam (9.25).

MEGA had 34 kids compete in levels 3-9 at state. More results will come at a later time.

South Dakota State Club Gymnastics Meet Saturday-Sunday in Watertown

MEGA gymnasts only, with Levels 3-6 coming at a later time.

(Gymnast, vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around)

Level 9 (15 and older)

2. Quinci Herll: 9.1, 8.625, 8.0, 8.9, 34.625.

Level 8 (13 and older)

1. Rebecca Sadler: 9.025, 8.375, 8.35, 8.3, 34.05.

Level 7 (14 and older)

2. Emily Prill: 9.25, 7.2, 9.25, 9.1, 34.8; 4. Bailey Roden: 8.25, 8.7, 8.85, 8.75, 34.55; 6. Josie Dierks: 9.15, 7.9, 8.425, 7.7, 33.175; 7. Madison Arnold: 8.3, 7.6, 8.15, 8.45, 32.5; 8. Mercedes Dufek: 8.1, 6.75, 8.375, 8.35, 31.575.