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Krabbenhoft shines at state gymnastics meet

Park Rapids' Brielle Krabbenhoft received an 8.45 on uneven parallel bars at Sunday's United States of America Gymnastics Minnesota State Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Submitted photo

Park Rapids' Brielle Krabbenhoft turned in her best all-around performance of the season at Sunday's United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) Minnesota State Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Krabbenhoft, a sixth grader, received scores of 9.075 in vault, 8.875 on balance beam, 8.85 in floor exercise and 8.45 on uneven parallel bars for a 35.25 all-around score against Level 7 competition.

The 12-year-old had to achieve an all-around score of at least 34.50 in a sanctioned meet during the season to qualify for the state USAG meet. Krabbenhoft competed in seven meets this season (two at Fargo, two at Minneapolis, one at Jamestown, one at St. Cloud and one at Grand Forks) and met the criteria with a season-best all-around score of 34.875. This marked Krabbenhoft's second trip to the state meet.

Krabbenhoft has competed three years in the USAG Junior Olympic program, first for the Minnesota Flyers at Detroit Lakes and this season with the Perham Renowned Youth Development gymnastics program.

Krabbenhoft trains 15 to 25 hours a week for 50 weeks out of the year from November to April. Levels 6-10 are for more advanced gymnasts with each gymnast varying their routines to suit their individual style, strength and skill set. Each routine is also required to contain certain required elements in each event. Krabbenhoft will move up to Level 8 next season.

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