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Gymnastics: Klima ends Farmington's 17-year state meet drought

Terra Klima will become the first FHS gymnast in 17 years to compete at the state meet. She will compete on uneven parallel bars.

It's been 17 years since a Farmington gymnast competed at the State Gymnastics Meet.

That will change when junior Terra Klima approaches the uneven parallel bars Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Klima, who set the school record in the event in her first year in the high school program, qualified for state with a third-place score of 9.4 in the event at the Section 1AA Championships Friday at Owatonna.

The Tigers of fourth-year head coach Lynn Bauman finished fifth out of nine teams with their highest-ever section team score, a 140.375. Bauman was the last Farmington gymnast to reach the state meet when she qualified and finished sixth in the floor exercise in 1993.

"After 17 years we have another gymnast going to state. We are so excited and very proud of all her hard work she has put in to make it this far," Bauman said. "So one more week of practice to clean her bar routine up and best of luck to Terra on Saturday."

In the team race the Tigers were matching Klima's third-place position heading into the meet's final event -- the balance beam. Bauman said the team turned in a decent performance, but it wasn't good enough to keep Winona and Lakeville South from passing them in the final standings. Northfield easily won the meet with a 147.425, nearly four points ahead of runner-up Owatonna.

Haley Luhman finished 10th in both the bars and all-around for the Tigers.