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Farmington gymnasts shine at state

Kylie Wharton earns a seventh-place finish for Farmington at the Class 2A state meet.

One was a returning state competitor and one was a newcomer, but both of Farmington's gymnasts showed up prepared for Saturday night's Class 2A state meet.

Sophomore Kylie Wharton made her presence felt in her first time competing at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, placing seventh out of 32 competitors in the balance beam with a score of 9.35. Bailey DuPay and Christy Anderson of Northfield finished 1-2 in the event with matching scores of 9.55 and section rivals Abby Nelson of Rosemount and Sarah Schank of Park placed third and fifth, respectively.

"Kylie was more than ready for this meet. She worked very hard on preparing herself physically and mentally," Farmington coach Lynn Bauman said. "Kylie's poise and confidence was a delight to watch and she managed to stay on the beam for her whole routine."

Farmington senior Kiana Lord closed out her career with her second state meet appearance. She scored a 9.25 in the floor exercise to place 22nd.

"I told Kiana to go out there and have fun and hit your landings. She did just that and more," Bauman said. "Kiana had an amazing floor routine and she did have fun. That's all you can ask for. It was wonderful to have Kiana back at state."

Lord was named All-State in the floor exercise based on her average score from six meets during the season. Wharton earned honorable mention status on the beam.