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March 23, 2014

Logan gymnasts enjoy strong showing at state finals

Pomasl places 2nd on beam; Platt is 5th in the all-around.

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“It started out rough but I came back pretty good,” she said. “I never really fall, it just happened. It happens all the time to everyone. So you’ve got to get back up and finish your routine, and I ended with a smile and I saluted the judges and walked off.”

Platt’s next event was beam, where she recorded a 9.35 for fourth place.

“On beam, I was kind of nervous, I was wiggly, but I pulled through for that,” she said. “I’m pretty happy with all my standings in the other events. It was just a good meet overall and it was good to be back again.”

Platt was nearly flawless on her next event, floor, where she had a 9.525 to tie for third place with Nickel. Portage senior Danielle Solis won with a 9.75.

“I had a good floor routine,” Platt said. “I took the mat away for my double full and I landed that perfect. And I finished my routine with a smile on my face again. It was just great, I got chills.”

Platt finished up on vault, where she soared high through the air on both of her attempts and stuck both. She was awarded a 9.675 for another third-place finish. The state title stayed in the North Central Conference, as Richmond senior Chasity Wampler won with a 9.85.

“She has a little higher difficulty. She starts from a 10, I start from a 9.8,” Platt said. “Her vault was flawless, it was really good. She has a nice block.

“It’s nice to be on that No. 1 podium but it’s still nice to be on the other podiums.”

Platt finished fifth in the all-around with a 37.425. Morgan Township sophomore Kylee Maxwell was the all-around state champion with a 37.8.

Platt finished just 0.375 behind Maxwell and her fall on bars was an automatic 0.5 deduction, so theoretically she would have won without the fall.

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