MCA’s Segar earns all-state gymnastics honors
CHAMPLIN PARK — Martin County Area all-arounder Sabrina Segar literally saved her best for last — more than once on Friday night.
The Magic senior captain’s fourth and final appearance at the Class A individual state gymnastics meet at Champlin Park High School proved an incredible performance for both the record books and prep fans’ memory banks.
Segar produced a rarity for second-year head coach Beraiah Peterson’s program — three top 10 performances — to return home to Fairmont with that number of state medals draped around her neck.
“It’s definitely a great way to end her high school gymnastics career,” Peterson said in reference to Segar earning all-state honors on the balance beam, floor exercise and all-around competitions during the first-ever split state sessions.
With final tallies from both individual qualifiers and state team members representing Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 already verified from Friday morning’s initial Class A session, Segar drew the sixth and final spot in Section 3’s floor exercise rotation to open the state competition’s night session, and produced a seventh-place state medal by earning an average of 9.375 on the judges’ scorecards.
“I knew if she nailed her tumbling series, she’d have a chance to break into the top 10,” said Peterson, “and that’s exactly what happened.”
Segar twisted her initial one-and-a-half to cap her first run on floor, executed a Ruedy during the middle sequence and ended with a hand front full on the third pass.
Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Sawyer Gorman won the state floor exercise crown with a 9.65.
Segar then rotated her Tsuk off the vault table to generate a 9.4 during the first of her two attempts to pocket 19th place on the section’s second event of the meet.
Perham/New York Mills senior Jada Olsen, who defended her 2020 Class A state all-around championship by generating a four-event total of 37.8 points on Friday night, also captured the gold medal on the vault (9.875) and uneven parallel bars (9.675).
Segar generated an 8.4 on the unevens to place 27th overall before stepping to the balance beam for the final event of her prolific high school gymnastics career during the last rotation of Friday night’s session.
“I knew she had the potential to make the podium on the beam if she stuck her routine,” said Peterson.
Segar did exactly that — the MCA senior connected her back handsprings and planted her standing back tuck to highlight a sixth-place state medal performance of 9.225.
“She picked the perfect time to have the beam routine of her life,” said Peterson.
Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg’s Libby McGeary struck gold on the beam with a 9.6.
Segar added a ninth-place medal by producing a total of 36.4 points in the all-around competition on Friday night during her state debut as a four-event qualifier.
Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka edged out Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 146.35-146.025, to capture the Class A state team championship. Mankato West pocketed third with a 143.75, Worthington captured sixth with a 142.75, while 2020 state champion Big Lake settled for seventh place at 141.925.
Class A Team Final Standings
1. Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka 146.35; 2. Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 146.025; 3. Mankato West 143.75; 4. Perham/New York Mills 143.675; 5. New London-Spicer 142.4; 6. Worthington 142.075; 7. Big Lake 141.925; 8. St. Paul Highland Park 131.75.