Xcel Gymnasts are D2 State champions

The girls pose for a fun pic with their trophies. Clockwise starting at bottom left are Eden Burkman, Dylan Anderson, Anita Finch, Abby Rombach, Abby Kryzer, Laurel Craker and Morgan Macho.

Xcel Gymnastics is home to the Division 2 State Champion Team. The “Studly Seven”— Dylan Andersen, Anita Finch, Abby Kryzer, Morgan Macho, Eden Burkman, Laurel Craker, and Abby Rombach competed at the team state meet on Saturday, March 16 in Minnetonka, Minn. They had their best meet of the season, scoring a huge 135.55 to take the title. The team walked in ranked seventh and walked out champions.

Their coach says about the meet, “We were definitely the underdogs. Several teams believed that we belonged in a lower division. These girls proved to them that they not only belonged there, but that they were a force to be reckoned with.”

Athletes making podium for individual events included Dylan Andersen, taking second on bars and first on the beam, floor, and all around. Anita Finch finished twelfth on bars, third on beam, fifth on floor, and fourth all-around. Abby Kryzer took fourth on beam and first on vault, bars, floor, and the all around. Morgan Macho finished seventh on vault, eighth on bars, sixth on beam, seventh on floor, and fifth all around. Eden Burkman took the championship trophy in all events. Laurel Craker finished ninth on bars, third on beam, and eleventh all around. Abby Rombach took eleventh on vault and bars, ninth on beam, and twelfth all around.

The Xcel Gymnastics team is coached by Jessee Riewestahl, Lara Lerud and Scott Finch. Together, these girls are a dynamic force.

This meet served as a qualifier for individual athletes to compete at the Individual State Meet on Saturday, March 23.

Twelve-hundred athletes have competed at the Team State Meet and only the top 24 gymnasts on each event advance to the Individual State Meet. Xcel Gymnastics will be represented by Dylan Anderson, Abby Kryzer, and Eden Burkman in the all around, with Laurel Craker, Morgan Macho, and Anita Finch competing on beam. Finch will also compete on floor at this meet. Congratulations gymnasts! —Submitted