February 20, 2019 07:52 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Kasson-Mantorville/Triton Gymnastics team will send one gymnast to the 2019 MSHSL state meet—that one gymnast, senior Cambryn Rubin, has defied some serious odds to get to Minneapolis.
“(Cambryn is) a leader, she’s amazing to watch perform,” KoMets head coach Laura Lee said.
In Kasson-Mantorville/Triton gymnastics, better known as “KMT,” Rubin holds the individual program records for vault (9.05), Bars (8.9), Beam (9.175), Floor (9.425), and All-Around (35.45)—it’s safe to say she has literally “set the bar” for KMT gymnastics.
“Her performances inspire the other athletes to improve as well,” Lee said.
Rubin is also a four-time All-Conference gymnast, a five-time All-Section team selection, a five-time All-State Honorable Mention, and a five-time Academic Gold Winner.
The gym is literally her playground, and it’s where feats have been conquered—her most recent feat conquered happened last weekend, as Rubin qualified for her third state gymnastics meet of her high school career.
“When I heard I qualified, I was shocked,” Rubin said. “I wasn’t expecting it whatsoever. (The state competition) is the goal every year, and it hasn’t always happened for me, so this year was especially important.”
At the state competition, Rubin will compete in the uneven bars, and her favorite event, the floor.
“I just love getting the audience involved,” Rubin said about performing her floor routine. “I love everyone dancing with me on the side, and I love the dancing aspect and the music part of it, it’s a lot of fun.”
Section 1 gymnastics has a strong reputation for churning out some of the top gymnasts in Minnesota, but that wasn’t the sole reason why Rubin was surprised to hear when she qualified for state this year.
“I doubted my abilities completely,” Rubin recalled. “I didn’t think I stood a chance.”
Rubin nearly didn’t qualify for the state tournament in the floor routine on Saturday, because following an eight-week hiatus, Rubin returned to performing her floor routine two days before the section meet.
“I was all in, nobody else was, but I was like ‘I just want to do this’,” Rubin said.
Rubin missed eight weeks after injuring her right knee in a regular season meet on December 20—doctors told her that she wouldn’t be able to perform on the floor again the remainder of the season (she returned to competing in the uneven bars six weeks after the injury).
“I was doing a floor routine at a meet, and right at the beginning, I took a wrong step backward and I dislocated (my knee),” Rubin said. “Right then and there, I was like ‘this is it, this is over’.”
Rubin’s injury was best described as a “freak accident,” as her knee randomly “gave out,” but she was still able to overcome the odds—because it was destiny.
“She’s a natural,” Lee said. “If you watch her compete on the floor, you can’t look away.”
Saturday’s will mark the official end to the Minnesota high school gymnastics season—it’ll be a bittersweet ending for Rubin’s head coach.
“She was born to perform,” Lee said. “She’s going to be missed.”
The 2019 MSHSL state gymnastics meet will begin on Friday, February 22 at Maturi Pavilion on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Updated: February 20, 2019 07:52 PM
Created: February 19, 2019 04:43 PM
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