Gymnastics: LeBlanc turns in medal-winning performance on beam at state, placing fifth

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Little Falls sophomore Rachelle LeBlanc earned fifth place on the balance beam at the state meet at the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion, Saturday. Pictured on the podium are medal winners (from left): Melrose Area seventh grader Abby Hinnenkamp, Martin County Area sophomore Rebecca Steen, New Prague sophomore Sarah Hoffman, Melrose Area senior Hailey Brinkman, Waconia senior Taylor Helle and LeBlanc.

Little Falls gymnast Rachelle LeBlanc capped off a stellar sophomore season at the state meet, Feb. 25, taking home a fifth-place medal on the balance beam.

LeBlanc’s score of 9.3 on beam helped her finish as one of the top 10 gymnasts in Class A, placing ninth in the all-around with a score of 36.725.

LeBlanc started the meet on bars, the only event she did not qualify for individually.

Regardless, her score of 9.05 still topped the majority of the field, helping her open the competition strong.

“Rachelle had a really nice bar routine to help get the jitters out for her,” Little Falls co-head coach Shelley LeBlanc said.

After a bye, LeBlanc headed to beam, scheduled to compete in the middle of the pack.

“(Rachelle) said she was quite nervous, but we prayed, mom and daughter, coach and gymnast, and that helped her get into her ‘zone’ and calmed her nerves,” coach LeBlanc said.

“She performed a great routine and stuck it,” she said. “It’s always a relief to get that beam routine over with.”

LeBlanc then finished the meet on floor (9.125) and vault (9.25), placing 21st in each event.

“(Rachelle) was very pleased, as were her coaches, with her performance at state this year,” coach LeBlanc said.

The meet was held at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion.


Rachelle LeBlanc state meet

Bars: 9.05
Beam: 9.3 (fifth)
Floor: 9.125 (21st)
Vault: 9.25 (21st)
All-around: 36.725 (ninth)