Recap: Difficulty increases for Magic gymnasts

Thanks to rule changes in beam and floor events, high school gymnastics got a bit more challenging this season.
But despite having just one senior competing in the majority of events, the Magic stood up to the test fairly well over the course of the year.
“The difficulty they were able to add to their routines [due to the new rules] was really impressive,” said Coach Brent Wuollet.
Beth Bursch, a senior, certainly helped lead the way for the Magic. She was consistently the Magic’s top gymnast, and helped lead them to some big wins, including an impressive early season win over St. Michael-Albertville.
In the middle of January, the Magic scored 134.1 points (their season high at the time) to knock off STMA. Beth Bursch and Emily Dockendorf led the Magic by finishing first and second in the all-around.
Bursch, and three other senior Magic gymnasts will graduate this year. But there is a bevy of talent coming back. Dockendorf was just a sophomore this season, and she’ll be aided by a couple of more up-and-coming talents that Wuollet expects big things from.
Noelle Berg is one of them.
“She had a really good year,” said Wuollet. “She has a ton of potential.”
Wuollet feels that potential stretches across the team. So while the difficulty was turned up on them this year, look for the Magic to turn up the difficulty on opponents next year.

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