NOBLESVILLE — Pendleton Heights senior Cassie Zehr was more active at Saturday's IHSAA state gymnastics meet than she was last year.

Zehr, who competed for PH as an individual, posted a 35.575 total in the all-around and placed 18th of 27 gymnasts. Last year, she qualified for state only on the floor exercise.

"I was glad that I could improve every single year and that I could make it in all-around this year," Zehr said. "I don't really pay much attention to (my all-around score). I'm just here mainly for the beam and floor."

Zehr tied for 11th on the floor at 9.450 and was 13th on the balance beam (9.075), her strongest events.

In the vault, Zehr's 9.325 placed her 23rd and, in her first event, the uneven bars, she scored 7.725 and was 39th.

"She was familiar with the hoopla surrounding it and it helped her with her nerves," said Zehr's father and coach, Darrell Zehr. "She came in knowing what she could do and she did what she could do."

Darrell Zehr said his daughter stepped up with the difficulty of her routines this year and it paid off with a berth in the state meet.

"Every year, she has progressed," he said. "She's added harder and harder skills and she's done better and better, and I'm pleased with her progress with last four years as well as this year."

Cassie Zehr said she was a bit disappointed in her beam routine and scored what she expected on the bars, which she said is her weakest event.

"I was happy I stayed on it on the floor and (didn't have) many changes," she said. "I'm pretty happy about it and it's my last meet, so I'm just glad I could come here."

Zehr made the state meet in the all-around by finishing sixth in the Columbus regional. She won the floor at the Connersville sectional.

During the season, Zehr and PH junior Joshlyn Burton performed when New Castle had team meets. One of their training partners with the Trojans, Samantha Ward, placed 15th in the all-around Saturday.

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