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MCA’s Segar to compete in Class A state all-around

POWER — Martin County Area gymnast Sabrina Segar displays her strength while executing a handstand during her uneven parallel bars routine during regular-season action in Fairmont. Segar will compete in the Class A state individual all-around competition Friday in Champlin Park. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Four years in a row.

Martin County Area senior Sabrina Segar will run the Class A individual state gymnastics meet’s gamut one more time Friday night, but under different circumstances during the pandemic-impacted 2021 elite event.

First, Segar doubled the number of individual events that she’ll be competing for all-state accolades on for a second consecutive year. After netting state bids on the floor exercise as a freshman and sophomore, the Magic’s captain added the vault to her state-qualifying resume in 2020. Segar placed 16th with her Tsukahara vault via a score of 9.425, while finishing 36th on floor at 8.925 as a junior.

However, on Friday, MCA’s leading point producer will hit the equipment at Champlin Park High School — a change of scenery for Class A state gymnastics meet, and look to contend for the all-around championship. Segar earned the right to compete on all four events after earning runner-up Section 3 honors to Worthington’s Hali Bullerman, 36.4-36.1, respectively.

“I’m so happy that she (Segar) gets the chance to compete in the all-around at state during her senior year,” said MCA head coach Beraiah Peterson. “Last year, she fell during her floor routine, so this year she’s aiming at placing much higher in that event. She definitely has the skill level to get the job done.”

Segar, who captured all 10 regular-season dual-meet all-around crowns in 2021, will cap her initial tumbling pass on the floor with a one-and-a-half before throwing a Ruedy during her second pass. The Magic floor leader plans to end with a hand front full during her final tumbling sequence, according to Peterson.

In another new twist to the 2021 state meet, Segar and her fellow Section 3 rivals will compete first on the floor in Friday’s second session starting at 6 p.m. Both individual qualifiers and team members from Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 will hit the equipment at Champlin Park starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Segar and Section 3 then will vie against Sections 1, 2 and 8 in the night split session, with the two sessions’ final scores being compared at the end of the competition to determine placings.

Segar drew the sixth and final spot in the Section 3 rotation on floor before she and her sectional rivals move to the vault table on Friday night. Ironically, Segar will hit the runway out of the sixth spot again on vault.

“Sabrina has a strong pike (Tsuk), so hopefully she can hit one and then open it up and stick a layout,” said Peterson.

Section 3 then moves to the uneven parallel bars, where Segar will fill the No. 4 spot in the rotation. The MCA four-time state qualifier will look to turn her giants into a planted layout, with a bail transitional maneuver mixed in for more scoring punch.

Segar closes out her distinguished prep gymnastics career on the balance beam, and drew the No. 5 spot in the sectional rotation.

“She’s been working hard in practice this week with the whole team in order to nail her tumbling series on the beam,” said Peterson. “She’ll definitely score in the 9s if she hits the routine we’ve got planned.”

So, how will the move from a Twin Cities location and a starting time change affect Segar?

“Really, I don’t think gymnasts get too bothered by things like that because they’re so focused on executing their routines on each piece,” said Peterson. “Hopefully, with the new format, the state meet itself runs smoothly. That’s my main concern.”

Pre-meet favorite Perham senior Jada Olsen, the 2020 Class A all-around and vault state champion, will compete in the 6 p.m. session on Friday at Champlin Park.

In the Class A team competition — which is blended in with the state-qualifying individuals, Big Lake will hope to defend its state crown. Big Lake ended Detroit Lakes’ stellar five-year championship run last season.

Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Mankato West, Worthington, St. Paul Highland Park, Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, New London-Spicer and Perham round out the Class A state team field.

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