MCA’s Steen beams to Class ‘A’ state medal

MINNEAPOLIS – Rebecca Steen literally beamed her way to a spot on the Class A individual state gymnastics meet’s medal stand on Saturday.

The Martin County Area junior standout earned a 9.475 on the balance beam judges’ scorecards to capture a fifth-place state medal at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Steen’s high-octane routine on the 4 inch-wide apparatus, which included a standing back tuck, highlighted her second consecutive eighth-place finish in the all-around competition.

Steen produced a total of 36.775 points, including a 17th-place finish on the vault (9.25) and a 26th-place showing on the uneven parallel bars (8.65) to complement a 9.4 floor exercise score.

“Becca scored above her season average, and produced one of her top all-arounds of the year,” said Magic mentor LeeAnn Steen. “To finish just a tenth of a point away from a medal (sixth place) in that big arena is a very good day.

“It was also nice to see her stick her beam again.”

Indeed. Rebecca Steen captured a fourth-place medal on the balance beam during the 2012 Class A individual state meet.

While Steen merited a fifth-place medal on the beam during Saturday’s competition, Jackson County Central senior standout Brandi Sether-Hassing posted Section 3’s other top 10 showing by capturing eighth on the beam.

Sether-Hassing’s score of 9.35 on the beam highlighted her 13th-place total of 36.425 in the all-around, while senior teammate Sydnee Donnelli claimed 14th overall with a four-piece total of 36.275. JCC senior Adriane Rentschler netted 29th place in the all-around with a 34.3.

Sether-Hassing, Donnelli and Rentschler also helped guide the Huskies to a sixth-place finish – 141.3 – in the Class A state team meet on Friday.

Austin junior sensation Sela Fadness won the Class A state all-around championship by generating an incredible total of 38.575.

Fadness also struck gold on the floor (9.675) and the uneven bars (9.6), while earning silver medals on both the balance beam (9.575) and vault (9.725).

Alexandria senior Briquelle Bowden, who claimed runner-up accolades in the all-around with a 37.95, won the state beam crown (9.6), while Alexandria sophomore Hannah Wendel earned the gold medal on the vault with a 9.775.