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Lake Forest Gymnasts Compete in Sectional Tonight

Stevenson Sectional is loaded with 5 of the state's top 6 teams in one field.

Carmel and Stevenson are the only high school girls’ gymnastics teams in Illinois to score more than 150 points in competition this year.

Guess which sectional they compete in tonight (Feb. 7)?

The same one as Lake Forest.

“This is the state meet,” said Lake Forest coach Robin Straus of the sectional meet at Stevenson in Lincolnshire.

In addition, the sectional includes Prairie Grove (146.375), which took second to host Carmel in their regional Saturday, and Fremd (145.675), which won its regional.

put 146.55 points on the board to easily outscore Barrington (139.45), Deerfield (134.675) and Highland Park (109.15) to win its regional rescheduled Saturday night from Wednesday due to the blizzard.

“I would have liked to celebrate a regional win but I can’t,” Straus said. “They (her team) had to watch their (Carmel’s) routines.” 

That’s because Carmel, without a gym of its own to host a state sanctioned gymnastics event, was set to host its regional at Lake Forest Thursday. When the snowstorm forced the Scouts to move the event from Wednesday to Thursday, two regionals were slated at once before weather further postponed both to Saturday. 

With such a stacked sectional field, challenge is to hold its own while still saving something for this weekend’s State meet at Palatine (Feb. 18-19). 

“Our goal is to hit 15 of 20 routines,” said Straus, explaining she wants the gymnasts to complete the task without a fall. “I want to see a (team) score better than 146.”

Lake Forest has scored a 149.55 this season. The winner of each sectional advances to the State meet along with at-large berths going to the top four scoring teams not to win a sectional. The Scouts may not learn their fate for certain tonight.

Straus spent Sunday preparing her squad of , , , , and for the next round. 

“When they get to state they relax a little. The heat is on tomorrow (for the sectional)” said Straus. “They don’t have to tweak their routines. They’ve done that all season long.” 

Carlson took the regional all around title Saturday with 37.35 points from first-place finishes in vault, balance beam and floor exercise and a second on the uneven parallel bars. She qualified for the sectional meet in all events as did McKeon, who took second in the all-round at regional that included a first on the uneven parallel bars. 

Kohlmaier tied Carlson for the vault crown with Moccia third. Foster took fourth on the uneven parallel bars and second in balance beam with Meier third and McKeon fourth.

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