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“When I hit that it was, ‘Wow, that was the last gymnastics routine I’ll ever do and it was really good,'" Klobach said. “It definitely felt like one of my best routines.”
Klobach was right that it was one of her best routines, but wrong about it being her last.
Klobach’s score of 9.325 was good enough for a three-way tie for ninth place, which secured her a spot in her first individual event final. The top 10 scores plus ties advanced to Saturday’s finals.
The Saturday routine proved to be even better, as Klobach improved her score to 9.4, good enough for sixth place. She missed earning a top-5 medal by .025.
“I’m just really proud of her,” Estoque said. “She could barely do bars (last season), so for her to come in and make state and make the finals is great.”
Klobach has been doing gymnastics for 15 years but only competed for the Red Devils for the past two seasons. When she joined the high school team, she was coming off two shoulder surgeries, putting her career in doubt, especially on bars.
“It was a really cool experience because I’ve never been to the state (event) finals,” Klobach said. “Going by myself and having all the attention was stressful, but it was a nice way to go out.
“It’s just a really good feeling knowing that’s the last bar routine I’ll do. It makes me realize that everything I’ve worked for, this is what it was for.
“So it’s really nice to know I did everything I could here.”
That included finishing 25th in the all-around with 35.925 points. She tied for 25th on vault (9.375), was 26th on balance beam (8.45) and scored 8.775 on floor exercise.
“(High school gymnastics) was really fun,” Klobach said. “I definitely enjoyed it.
“Although club is a great time as well, there’s something about high school, just the team aspect of it, and I just really enjoyed it.”