Broomfield success puts Storm up front for regionals |

Broomfield success puts Storm up front for regionals

BROOMFIELD – Saturday was a day of firsts for the Silverthorne Storm gymnastics team at its meet in Broomfield, and the team is in good standing going into regionals July 18-19 in Aurora.

“We had girls get their first regional qualifying score for the year, we had many young ladies complete moves on their own for the first time ever in competition and we earned eight first-place ribbons,” said Storm coach Ben Way. “The team is continuing to get stronger and compete at its best in meets. We are all (parents and coaches) proud of the way these girls work together and compete as a team.”

In the optional portion, Emily Chant scored an 8.1 for her floor routine and placed first – her first time earning the top spot in four years of competition. Laura Reichardt, made her first kip ever on bars during warm ups. She came back and did it again in competition, nailing what Way said was her best bar routine ever, and placed seventh. Kelly McDonald, Angie Elliot, Brie Anna Barto and Sarah Reichardt all got the regional qualifying scores they were shooting for. All of the Silverthorne optional team is qualified for regionals, many on two events and four gymnasts in all-around.

Sara Lindblom showed she is a strong all around (AA) contender Saturday by placing first on bars and vault, second in AA, third on floor and fifth on beam. Chelsee Farrell scored 8.0 on vault and won the event. She also placed third on floor and fifth on bars, beam, and in AA. Chelsea Rybak scored an 8.1 on vault for fourth place, while Kelly McDonald took sixth.

Because the Silverthorne level 4 girls have already qualified for regionals, they were aiming for the award stand Saturday. Meghan Kane placed first on bars, third on beam and fourth in AA with a 32.5 score. Jordan Smith placed third in AA with 32.8. She placed first in vault with an 8.8 and the same on floor to place second. Abby Akers won AA and vault and took second on floor and beam and third on bars. Sophie Elliot scored an 8.4 on floor and vault and placed second and third. She also hit her first bar routine all the way through without a spot to score an 8.0 for fourth and took fourth in AA with a 32.1. Gabi Ketzenbarger landed an 8.8 on vault for second, took fourth on floor and fifth in AA. Brieanna Rouillard continued to improve and made more moves on her own than ever before. Maddy Trippe is still nursing her soft tissue injury and competed in floor and beam on one arm again.

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