Gymnastics: Alexandria's Sara Eddy and Izzy Kent wrap up season at state

Alexandria's Sara Eddy and Izzy Kent had strong showings at the state meet to end the season.

From left to right, Alexandria gymnastics head coach Tayler Kaufman, Sara Eddy, Izzy Kent and assistant coach Nichole Boyden take a photo at the MSHSL Class AA state meet on Feb. 25, 2023, in St. Paul. Eddy placed 43rd on the vault at the meet, while Kent placed 28th on the bars.
Contributed photo by Tayler Kaufman

Senior Izzy Kent and junior Sara Eddy represented the Alexandria gymnastics program well at the 2023 Class AA State Meet on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul.

Kent wrapped up her senior season by placing 28th on the bars with a score of 8.9000.

"I was so happy and proud of Izzy with how she ended her gymnastics career," Alexandria head coach Tayler Kaufman said. "It was one of the best routines I have ever seen her do. Izzy also stuck her landing, which was the perfect ending. After Izzy got off the mat, Nichole [Boyden] and I immediately held her in our arms, and the three of us teared up. What a way to end her career with that beautiful routine. I couldn't be more proud of her. I asked Izzy before the meet how she felt about this being her last time doing gymnastics. Izzy said, "I've had several moments/injuries in my career that have made me think it was the last time I'll do gymnastics. Every day has been a gift because I've been able to have more chances at doing the sport I love."

Eddy ended her junior season by placing 43rd on the vault with a score of 9.0125.

"Sara did awesome on Vault, and I'm so proud of her," Kaufman said. "She didn't have her best score and vault, but she scored in the 9's. It is extremely difficult to get over a 9.0 at the state level because the judges are very specific in their critiquing. Sara is the type of person who always wants to do better. Sara knows what she is capable of doing and knows her potential. Being at the state tournament with the best vaulters in the state has made her want to get back in the gym and start working. I'm excited for Sara's energy and motivation. I'm hoping it motivates the rest of the girls on the team to have that same energy to get more girls to state next year."


Kaufman is excited about the program's trajectory going forward.

"I'm excited about the gymnastics program moving forward because we have a great group of girls that want to continue getting better and improving," Kaufman said. "We are only losing two seniors (Kent and Hannah Skllings), so I'm confident our scores next year will be right where we left off. Next season, we will have seven seniors. I'm looking forward to having them lead the program, especially since we are gaining a lot of freshmen with amazing talent."

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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