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Gymnastics: Strong finish for Clayton and Murgic

The past two years, Rosemount junior Katie Murgic has finished fifth at the gymnastics section meet in varying events, missing out on a trip to state by just one spot.

Last week, Murgic finally got her chance to compete at the state meet.

"I was just happy to not be in fifth place again," Murgic said.

Senior Katrina Clayton had a different view.

Clayton advanced to her third straight state meet. But, with a change in venue to the University of Minnesota, the surroundings were new even to her.

"It was different being at the U of M instead of Roy Wilkins," Clayton said. "But it was still a lot of fun. It was nice to be in the top-10. It just really makes me happy to know I made it to state for three years."

Clayton finished her Irish career by competing on two events: uneven bars and balance beam.

Clayton tied for 10th on the bars with a 9.375. She added a 9.15 on the beam to tie for 12th place.

"I just tried my best all the time, so making it to state is a big accomplishment," Clayton said.

Murgic had the chance to compete in each event as an all-arounder. She had a chance to medal in the all-around, the beam and floor exercise.

Murgic scored a 9.475 on the beam to tie for fourth place. However, the tie-breaker averages gave her the fifth-place medal.

"Her routine was perfect; as she was competing I was thinking it was a 9.6," Rosemount coach Jason Passeri said. "She just misses on the dismount, which she never misses. I was talking to one judge and that cost her three tenths. She never misses that. She would have been a state champion."

On her first event at a state meet, Murgic had a misstep on the floor exercise. She ended up scoring a 9.15 to place 24th.

However, she recovered and still tied 10th in the all-around with a 37.225.

"I think I could have done better, but I can't really change anything now," Murgic said. "I was really upset over floor. I messed up on something I usually don't and I made it in warm-ups. It's frustrating, but I told myself I shouldn't carry it over to the other meets or I would be really mad at the end of the meet."