Gymnastics: Murgic caps off standout career at state meet
Rosemount senior gymnast Katie Murgic fell on her opening vault at last week's Class 2A state gymnastics meet.
Preparing for her second and final vault, Murgic got a simple message from Irish coach Jason Passeri. The vault would be her final event as a Rosemount gymnast.
"He told me, 'This is your last vault ever. Don't leave anything to regret. Land on your feet,'" Murgic recalled.
Murgic did land her final vault, an event that had given her trouble during last half of the season. It was a pleasant way to end her career, and her two vaults epitomized her participation in last week's state meet -- a mix of hits-and-misses.
Competing in the all-around and floor exercise competitions, Murgic got the chance to take part in every event at state. She placed 28th in the all-around with a score of 35.625. Her 9.2125 score on the floor placed her 20th.
"I thought it was fun," Murgic said. "I had two good events and two not so good events. I was hoping to finish out better. I wanted to finish as well as I did last year when I was 11th in the all-around.
"It's a bittersweet ending. My body is happy it's done. It's weird thinking that I am done."
Murgic scored a 9.3375 on the vault, finishing her career with one of her best vaults of the season.
She scored an 8.45 on the uneven parallel bars and an 8.625 on the balance beam.
"That's a tough competition," Passeri said. "It's so many good kids. The nerves kick in a little bit too. You're going against the best of the best."
While her gymnastics career is done, Murgic is ready to turn her attention to track and field this spring. She has earned a scholarship from the University of Minnesota for track and field.
"It's definitely nice to have something else to focus on," Murgic said. "If I didn't have that to look forward to, I would probably still be in the gym working out. This gives me something to take over my time, something to do."