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The Rams also excelled on floor. On Friday, the wrong musical accompaniment was played for Kartheiser and Honig, yet they competed as taught.
Both accepted the judges’ ruling to perform again but having to take the second score and increased the Rams’ total by 1.025.
Honig went from 9.225 to 9.4, equaling the finals cut.
“Your tricks depend on your music,” Honig said. “I wanted to go again because I knew I could get higher and have a possibility of (finals).”
Sophomore Bella Naumovsky, Willowbrook’s first state qualifier since 2009, was 12th on uneven bars (9.3), .025 from finals.
Returning to state were Wheaton co-op seniors Jamie LaBue, the 2018 state beam champion, and Natalie Gillis and junior Emily Burnham, who was 13th in all-around (36.75) and shared 14th on uneven bars (9.225).
“It was my last moment to soak it all in,” said Gillis, who shared 25th on floor (9.175). “I’m really happy that I got here, really happy with the routine I finished with.”