By Adam Baum, firstname.lastname@example.org / Photo by Geoff Blankenship, For the Enquirer
GREEN TWP. - There was a lot on the line when Nina Wurzelbacher stood on the balance beam at the district tournament a few weeks ago.
Wurzelbacher, a Seton High School senior who competes for Oak Hills' gymnastics team, made it to state as a sophomore but failed to make it her junior season.
So, at districts, there was quite a bit of determination on display.
"She was mad she didn't make it (to state) last year cause she didn't have a good beam routine at districts, so she was determined to make it this year," Oak Hills head coach Kristin Perica said.
So determined, in fact, that Wurzelbacher recorded her highest score ever on beam to win a district title and advance back to state, where she finished tied for 29th overall on beam.
"When we watched her, my other coach and I and her teammates, I think we were more nervous for her watching her at districts than she was for herself," said Perica. "We knew she could do it. It was pretty cool cause the whole team ran up and hugged her after her beam routine because we knew she'd made it to state.
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