Gymnastics vaults to another team-high score
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The scores keep going up for the Summit High School gymnastics team. Once again, the team improved its overall score with a 160.35 at Pomona High School, Wednesday night.
“We’ve been working on improving our team score little by little each meet, and I think the fact that we’ve been able to continue to do that is really encouraging for these girls,” head coach Lauren Wright said.
What made the score especially impressive for Wright was that it was done with her team competing on dead mats for the floor exercise.
“It’s kind of a mental issue of spring versus non-springboard for everyone,” Wright said. “Everyone had a fantastic attitude, though, and focused on having a lot of fun and staying clean on their routines and accomplished what they wanted to do.”
The 160.35 wasn’t enough to defeat Elizabeth High School, though, which scored a 167.
On individual apparatuses the team had a 42.0 on the vault, 39.5 on the uneven bars, 40.125 on the balance beam and a 38.75 on the floor.
Haley Harvey took third in the individual all-around with a 32.755, and the Tigers placed two in the vault. Samantha Gardner placed third, and Chelsea Rybak finished second.
Rybak (32.2) and Harvey also qualified for state in the all-around competition, while Karinne Bergeman qualified on the balance beam and uneven bars.
These successes came despite a sub-par warm-up, Wright said.
“Everyone was low-energy and probably a little discouraged at looking a non-
springboard in the face and they rallied right before the competition,” she said. “Everyone did so well … really shined tonight, especially as a Summit High School
team. Everyone shined tonight.”
The team also competed in an invitational in Evergreen on Saturday. It posted a 157.575 as a team, their season-high until Wednesday night’s meet.
Three girls also qualified individually for state at the meet. Meigan Canfield and Harvey each qualified on the uneven bars, and Jordan Smith got her fourth qualifying score on the vault.
“It was kind of a rough day because we showed up … at the invitational and we were not expected to be there,” Wright said. “That day the scheduling was all messed-up and kind of hard for the team to get into a groove.”
Jonathan Batuello can be reached at (970) 668-4653 or email@example.com.
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