PALATINE – Geneva’s Claire Ginsberg pulled off something that had not been accomplished in almost a decade.
The Vikings freshman scored 37.875 to take the all-around title at the IHSA Girls Gymnastics State Meet Friday night at Palatine High School. Ginsberg is the first freshman to win all-around since Fremd’s Mary Burke did it in 2005.
“Everything went well, I hit all my routines the way I wanted to,” Ginsberg said. “It was a good night.”
Ginsberg said the team hoped to finish higher, but she qualified for the 10-competitor finals today in all four events.
Teammates Megan Beitzel (vault) and Dominique Brognia (floor exercise) also made the finals.
“This is probably one of the biggest meets I’ve been to since [Junior Olympic] nationals,” Ginsberg said. “I just tried to keep my focus just like I do in practice. I knew I’d been pretty consistent, if I stayed clean I thought I could do it.”
Geneva is fifth as a team with 143.375. Teams can improve their scores with performances in the finals, which start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.
“Claire’s been solid all year and can handle the pressure for a freshman,” Geneva coach Kim Hostman said. “She’s an outstanding gymnast. I’m proud of her performance. I knew she had the potential.”
St. Charles co-op’s Rachel Dugan qualified for the finals on the uneven bars and Kelly Gorniak made it in floor exercise. St. Charles finished sixth among the eight teams with 143.425.