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By Luke Sleeper
John’s Journal Correspondent

In 1994, Melrose High School shook up the Minnesota gymnastics world by dethroning seven-time defending champion Mahtomedi. On Friday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, Melrose ended an even longer championship streak with its third state championship in program history.
Perham, which had won eight consecutive championships heading into the 2011-12 season, finished fourth Friday.

The sister duo of Hailey and Jailyn Brinkman led the way for Melrose, earning impressive scores in each event. The team finished with a score of 147.500. Both Brinkmans will be participating in the individual competition Saturday, along with teammate Lydia Butkowski.

New Prague, the overall winners of the floor exercise and vault events, finished in second with a score of 145.425, with third-place Big Lake just 0.125 behind them. Another set of sisters was crucial to New Prague’s effort: Jaimie and Jessica Niedermayer each had great overall performances.

Melrose’s gold-medal performance was a measure of unmatched consistency, earning scores of 36.775, 36.875, 36.875, and 36.975 in the respective events.

After Melrose ended Mahtomedi’s championship streak and won the 1A championship in 1994, they went on to repeat and win another championship in 1995. Only time will tell if history repeats itself once again for Melrose.

--Luke Sleeper is a journalism student at the University of Minnesota.


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