Lauren Berg had a day to remember on Saturday. The junior gymnast put on the greatest state performance in program history, tying for fourth on the vault at the Class AA state meet. Berg’s place, as well as her score of 9.775, are the highest state meet marks for any BHS individual. Not to be outdone, Berg was joined at the state meet by Mady Schmidt (fifth on floor, 9.475) and Tatum Offerdahl (11th on bars, 9.3), both of whom put on historic showings of their own in Bemidji’s grand finale to the season.
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The Lumberjacks gymnasts shattered all previous state meet program benchmarks, capping the season with a mighty turnout at the MSHSL Class AA individual state finals in Champlin Park.
Not only did Bemidji compete in all four events for the first time ever, but all three gymnasts who participated finished higher than any Lumberjack has ever placed previously.
Lauren Berg ascends the rankings to become the top state finisher in BHS history, tying for fourth on vault with a score of 9.775. Berg’s mark also becomes the program’s best-ever individual score, better than her own 9.475 she earned on vault a year ago.
In her state debut, Mady Schmidt was right behind Berg on Saturday, joining her on the podium by placing fifth on the floor with a 9.475 showing.
Tatum Offerdahl was also a top-15 gymnast on the uneven bars. The four-year state veteran posted her best-ever finish by placing 11th with a score of 9.3.
Section 8AA Champion, Sartell-St. Stephen, won the Class AA team state championship with an all-around score of 148.05.
The Bemidji High School gymnastics team matched its program record Saturday for the most gymnasts to qualify for the Class AA state meet in one season.
Three Lumberjacks -- Lauren Berg, Tatum Offerdahl and Mady Schmidt -- will represent the team at next week’s state championships in Champlin Park. The trio qualified individually at Saturday’s Section 8AA meet at Sauk Rapids-Rice.
BHS placed third as a team with a score of 143.9, finishing behind first-place Sartell’s 147.925 and St. Cloud Tech’s 145.525.
The Class AA state meet is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 27, at Champlin Park High School. Gymnasts from Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 will compete at 11:30 a.m., and those from Sections 1, 2, 3 and 8 will compete at 6 p.m.