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Geneva girls gymnastics among expected contenders

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT

Geneva enters this weekend’s IHSA girls gymnastics state meet as the fourth seed among eight teams.

That’s already one slot better than the Vikings’ finish last season, but this group aspires to reach the top. Expect athletes to act accordingly when competition begins at Palatine today.

“It’s my last meet, so I think I’m going to throw in as much as I can and see how it goes,” Geneva senior Dominique Brognia said. “But I’m still keeping my routines clean and everything and working on that. Don’t want to go crazy with it, but throw in some skills I haven’t done yet.”

Geneva scored a program-best 149.15 at the Jan. 30 Upstate Eight Conference meet, but seedings were based on sectional scores. The Vikings won the Feb. 11 Wheaton Warrenville South Sectional with a 146.525.

Lyons (149.875), the Prairie Ridge co-op (148.525) and Fremd (147.675) performed ahead of Geneva at sectionals.

In the 10 days since their most recent competition, the Vikings have aimed to stay loose – and not just from getting ample sleep and icing.

The father of freshman Claire Ginsberg and junior Grace Ginsberg is a chiropractor.

Still, the core of Geneva’s support system lies within its athletes, who are making the program’s second state appearance.

“When practices are stressful, we kind of give each other motivational speeches,” Claire Ginsberg said. “ ‘Keep going.’ "

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