Gymnastics: Klima sixth at state in uneven parallel bars
Farmington gymnast Terra Klima saved her best for last in her record-setting junior season.
Klima, competing in her first Class AA State Meet Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, broke her own school record with a score of 9.5 on the uneven parallel bars. The score earned her a sixth-place finish, which matched the finish of Farmington's last state qualifier, current head coach Lynn Bauman, in 1993.
"Her score was well deserved. She had a great routine," Bauman said. "After practicing every day this week ... I was hoping she would make it in the top six. I had a feeling she could make it in the top 10. Terra is a very hard worker and very devoted. She has a lot of control of her emotions and knows how to process all the pressure around her. She is the most calm and devoted gymnast I have ever coached."
Jena Jondahl of Elk River/Zimmerman won the bars with a score of 9.7. She held the tiebreaker over runner-up finisher Kellie Dougherty of White Bear Lake Area. Sabrina Hoover of Rogers was third at 9.675 and Allie Bartholomew of Mahtomedi and Kristina Krenz of Stillwater Area rounded out the top five with matching scores of 9.6.
Klima received scores of 9.5, 9.35, 9.55 and 9.5 from the four judges, which pushed her ahead of the rest of the 32 competitors in the field. Bauman said Klima used the slogan "Make it scary" to motivate herself to push beyond her comfort zone.
"Basically when she performed these skills and they were scary, that meant they were good," Bauman said. "When it wasn't scary she wasn't going to get the big score."
Just a junior, Klima will get a chance to go after another big score next year. And after this year's success, Bauman fully expects her make another run at the state meet.
"I think as focused as Terra is I believe she will work extra hard on bringing up the difficulty in her bar routine that could make her finish in the top three next year," she said.