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Changes aplenty surrounding Irondale gymnastics
The Irondale/Spring Lake Park co-op gymnastics team is entering the seventh season of the partnership and it could be the last. Policy changes at Spring Lake Park High School could end the co-op and leave that school without a gymnastics program.
With the possibility of just one more season together, the team is looking to go out on a high note.
“If we are healthy we have an opportunity to win the conference,” said head coach Breanna Peloquin.
Spring Lake Park is considering dropping out of all of its co-ops after this school year.
“They would no longer have a gymnastics program if this happens,” Peloquin said.
Regardless of what happens with the status of the team, this is the last year of the North Suburban Conference, which is disbanding and sending its member schools to join a number of other conferences. In its final year, the North Suburban has four gymnastics teams.
“This year we are competing with a very small conference,” Peloquin said. “We have lost Chisago Lakes, St. Francis and North Branch to another conference. We will compete against the other remaining teams twice.”
Those other teams are St. Louis Park, Columbia Heights and St. Anthony Village.
In addition to gunning for a conference title, other goals include achieving a team score of 130 and posting a winning record in the conference.
Last season, Irondale/Spring Lake Park’s dual-meet record was 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the North Suburban.
Senior Jordana Brady returns following a highly successful junior season that saw her lead the conference and qualify for state in the floor exercise and vault. At state she took fourth place on the vault.
This year, Brady is looking to return to state by qualifying for the all-around.
Brady is one of six seniors on the team and most of them have been part of the squad since seventh grade.
“They bring a wealth of experience and I believe that will help us in achieving our goals,” Peloquin said. “We also have a large number of gymnasts who are young and new to the sport. I have been very impressed, however, watching them in the gym. They are learning fast and are very motivated.”
The team returns 15 gymnasts from last year’s team and had 10 newcomers join the squad.
Irondale/Spring Lake Park opens its season this week with its first conference dual of the season on Thursday at St. Louis Park.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.
2013-14 Irondale/Spring Lake Park gymnastics schedule
Dec. 5 at St. Louis Park 6:30 p.m.