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St. Edward senior Abby Madden will compete in all the individual events and the all-around competition this weekend at the state girls gymnastics meet.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Jacobs' Allison Riedel will be sidelined from the state girls gymnastics meet this weekend due to a foot injury.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Cary-Grove's Rachael Underwood and her District 155 co-op teammates should contend for the team title at this weekend's state girls gymnastics meet.

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Something significant has been missing for St. Edward senior girls gymnast Abby Madden this season. That would be older sister, Jordyn, who was her teammate and confidant the previous three seasons. Jordyn Madden, now studying at Indiana, was a four-time state qualifier. "It was hard at the beginning this season without her," Abby Madden says. "She came to three meets at Christmas time, which was really nice. She sends texts saying good luck. I really missed her at first. It was so hard without her, but I got used to it. I've been competing with her since I was 5, 6 or 7. She still cheers me on. She used to be nervous and I would calm her down. Now, she calms me down because she doesn't freak out anymore."Older sister certainly has plenty to be proud of this season. Madden once again finds herself in the girls gymnastics state finals this weekend at Palatine High School, where she will compete in all the individual events and the all-around competition.
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    • St. Edward senior Abby Madden will compete in all the individual events and the all-around competition this weekend at the state girls gymnastics meet.
    • Jacobs’ Allison Riedel will be sidelined from the state girls gymnastics meet this weekend due to a foot injury.
    • Cary-Grove’s Rachael Underwood and her District 155 co-op teammates should contend for the team title at this weekend’s state girls gymnastics meet.
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