Trojans are state Class A gymnastics champs

The New Prague Trojans celebrate with the State Championship trophy Friday, Feb. 22, at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

Updated 3 p.m.

The New Prague Trojan gymnastics team came into the State Class A meet with confidence. They knew they were capable of winning the state championship, but they also knew that they would need to have their best meet of the year in order to reach the goal that eluded them last year. 


The Trojans saved their best for last, as they stuck all 20 of their routines and set a school record by scoring 149.6 points to win the state championship Friday, Feb. 22, at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. 


It is the fourth state title in school history. 


New Prague started strong on the floor, scoring a 37.625, and continued with a 37.7 on the vault. Their lowest score came on the uneven bars, at 36.375, but still that was the highest score of the meet on that event. 

It all came down to the balance beam, the event that has given the Trojans troubles most of the years. 

Brianna Ellanson started the Trojans off with a solid routine that scored a 9.1, and each Trojan in succession... Jaimie Niedermayer, Marissa Ekness, Jessica Niedermayer and Sarah Hoffman, improved on that score. The result was a tournament record score of 37.9 in that event. 


Other team members competing for the Trojans were Bridget Ellanson, Meghan Dubanoski, Sydney Samson, Christine Simon and Ashley Nerud. 


The Trojans had just three scores under 9.0, all of them coming on the bars. 

Read more in the February 28, 2013 edition of The New Prague Times.