Experienced lineup set to lead RAHS gymnastics team

In somewhat of a rarity in recent years, the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team does not enter the season as the defending state champion. That doesn’t spell the end of the Raiders’ run as a serious state-title contender, though. 

Of the eight individuals who participated for Roseville in the team portion of the state meet last season, four return

“Our goals are to bond together as a community of gymnastics learners and to be competitive in the final meet of the year,” said Roseville co-head coach Mark Curley.

In each of the past 11 seasons, that final meet of the year has been the state championship meet. During that time, Roseville has won eight titles and finished second the other three years.

Returning to lead the Raiders this season are seniors Kayla Soplata, Jessica Strecker and Olivia Rosenow and junior Allison Weiker. That quartet was responsible for all but one of Roseville’s 16 individual event scores at last year’s state meet.

Strecker posted the highest Roseville score in each of the four events and Soplata was second in all four. Rosenow had the team’s third-best score in three events and the fourth-best in one other. Weiker was Roseville’s No. 4 in three of the events.

Roseville’s team total of 147.925 was second to only St. Cloud Tech, which won its first state team championship after finishing second to the Raiders in 2015. Tech was also the runner-up to Roseville four- straight times from 2006-09.

Also returning for the 2016-17 season are Curley, co-head coach Mike Flatten and long-time assistant coach Julie Castellano. Combined, the trio has 107 years of high school gymnastics coaching experience.

Roseville opens the season this week with a Suburban East Conference dual meet at home against White Bear Lake on Dec. 8. The Raiders visit Park-Cottage Grove on Dec. 15 and host East Ridge on Dec. 22.

East Ridge finished third at state in 2016 and along with Stillwater and Roseville is one of the favorites in the Suburban East Conference this season.

Following the holiday break, Roseville returns to action with five more conference duals and three invitational meets. The invitationals are Jan. 7 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Jan. 14 at Lakeville North and Jan. 21 at Park-Cottage Grove. 

This year’s Section 4AA meet is Feb. 18 at North St. Paul and the state meet is Feb. 24-25 at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion.


Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2016-17 Roseville Area High School gymnastics schedule

Dec. 8 vs. White Bear Lake 6 p.m.

Dec. 15 at Park-Cottage Grove 6 p.m.

Dec. 22 vs. East Ridge 6 p.m.

Jan. 5 at Woodbury 6 p.m.

Jan. 7 at Gustavus invitational 1 p.m.

Jan. 12 vs. Forest Lake 6 p.m.

Jan. 14 at Lakeville No. invitational 12 p.m.

Jan. 19 vs. Mounds View 6 p.m.

Jan. 21 at Park invitational 11 a.m.

Jan. 26 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 6 p.m.

Feb. 9 at Stillwater 6 p.m.

Feb. 18 Section 4AA at North St. Paul 11 a.m.

Feb. 24 State meet 6 p.m.

Feb. 25 State meet 6 p.m.


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