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Ella Margheim leads Olathe North to gymnastics state title

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Over the weekend, Olathe North High senior Ella Margheim led the gymnastics team to the state title, taking first in every event and in the all-around competition. 

She also beat the state championship record in the beam and the floor events as well as the all-around. 

“What a special day for Ella and the entire Eagle gymnastics team,” Olathe North athletic director Josh Price said on Twitter. 

Margheim joined the Eagles gymnastics team this school year after a long career in club gymnastics. She reached level 10 in club gymnastics, which is the highest level. 

After several years of doing highly-competitive club gymnastics, Margheim quit, deciding instead to pursue other activities, like school athletics. Margheim previously said she was interested in having fun with the sport this year. 

“I'm really just [looking] to enjoy it and not put as much pressure on myself as I did in club,” she said in August. “A few years ago, I would have never thought of me not doing club gymnastics anymore, but I'm excited to try it.” 

Amanda Harrington, the head coach for all of the Olathe high school gymnastics teams, previously told the Olathe Reporter she expected Margheim to make a good addition to the team. 

“She will make an immediate impact on every event,” Harrington said via email. 

Olathe West High finished second overall at the state championship meet at Shawnee Mission West High. 

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