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Tigers clip 148 in 2nd meet

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

Despite a number of impressive individual performances, a wobbly showing on beam left the Tigers four points behind Lakewood in an away meet on Tuesday.

Senior Jordan Smith hit a state-qualifying score on vault and nearly earned the same in all around, but the Summit High gymnastics team scored only 148.05.

The score wasn’t what head coach Lauren Johnson had hoped for, and she attributed much of that to her team’s struggle on the beam.

“It’s become sort of a stigma for us,” she said of the event. “In our gym, we practice great on it, but in competition, it’s always the event we struggle with.”

“If we cut out just half of our falls, we would have beaten (Lakewood) and had a much better score,” Johnson added.

The meet certainly wasn’t without highlights for the Tigers, though.

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Smith, who notched an 8.6 on vault, finished with a 31.4 in AA, just missing out on the 32 needed to earn a birth to state.

“The fact she was only 0.6 away in the second meet of the year is really huge,” Johnson said.

Fellow senior Gabi Ketzenbarger also nearly hit the AA mark with a four-event score of 30.25.

Newcomers to the team, senior Kirsten Cooley and junior Aylin Tuna, also had good meets for Summit. Cooley competed in three events and scored a 7.6 on bars, the highest on the team and only 0.5 points away from a state cut. Meanwhile, Tuna took part in all four events in what was her first competition in five years. The exchange student from Germany has “the potential and ability to be one of the team’s highest scorers,” Johnson said.

Also making her debut with the Tigers, freshman Hannah Hart had a strong meet, Johnson said.

The Tigers are back on the mats Wednesday, when they host a tri-meet against Arvada West and Bear Creek. The meet is slated for a 6 p.m. start.