Owatonna eighth-grader Lindsay Bangs climbed the podium three times Saturday at the individual AA state gymnastics meet at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

Bangs entered the meet with the goal of placing in the all-around. She said it was a bonus to earn medals on the floor exercise and uneven bars as well. Bangs scored 37.925 to take fourth place in the all-around. On the bars she scored 9.6, good for fifth place. Her floor score of 9.55 was good for sixth place.

She rounded out her scores with 9.35 on the balance beam and 9.425 on vault. She said the meet, "felt really good. I tried to keep myself calm and just went out there and did my thing."

Owatonna coach Tom Smith said of Bangs' performance, "Tonight she hit a nearly perfect meet." He added, "she nails the beam a little bit more and she finds herself probably close to second."

Sophomore Syd Kretlow went 36.1 in the all-around for 24th place. She had 9.375 on the vault, 8.7 on the uneven bars, 8.825 on the balance beam and 9.2 on the floor. Junior Becca Olson totaled 35.25 in the all-around for 29th place. Olson had identical 8.975 scores on both the floor and balance beam, 8.05 on bars and 9.25 on vault.

Sophomore Ali An scored 9.075 on the uneven bars for 23rd place. Eighth-grader Lucy Macius had 9.1 on the beam for 17th place.

"They all did really, really well. I think they all stuck beam," said Smith, who also commented, "Owatonna is awesome," for turning out in big numbers to support the gymnasts despite the storm on Friday.

Eighth-grader Chaney Neu of Champlin Park won the all-around with 38.50. She also won the floor with 9.725 and the vault with 9.775. Senior Megan Haug of Edina captured the balance beam with 9.625. Olivia Rosenow of Roseville took gold on the uneven bars with 9.75.

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