Silverthorne gymnasts enjoy home gym advantage |

Silverthorne gymnasts enjoy home gym advantage

SILVERTHORNE – Libby Helmer needed a score of at least 6.8 in the vault event Friday at the Silverthorne Recreation Center as the Silverthorne Storm Gymnastics Team hosted 10 teams at a Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics (CARA) meet.

The 6.8 would give her a spot in the vault and all-around at regionals next month. Helmer had already qualified in the beam, floor and uneven bars.

“I’m just doing a front hand-spring,” she said before the event started, “and I hope I do it really well. I’m kind of nervous about it.”

This was Helmer’s final chance to qualify this season. It was the Storm’s third meet, with one remaining, but Helmer won’t be able to attend the team’s fourth and final meet.

Her first run at the vault scored below the regional cut, but her second run scored a 7.0 – more than enough to qualify. Joining Helmer with regional-qualifying scores on the vault was Chelsee Farrell and Kira Breitholtz, both of whom scored a 6.9.

Combine that with Helmer’s 8.0 on beam and Sara Lindblom’s 8.0 on bars, and it made for a very successful day for the Storm.

“We’re looking strong,” said Storm head coach Ben Way. “Maybe the home court does help.”

Helmer sure thinks so. Compare her 8.0 on beam to last week’s mistake-filled routine, and one can see why. Lindblom’s 8.0 on bars was also a huge improvement.

“Some of us got here about a half-hour early and got to walk up and down the beam to focus better,” Helmer said. “And it’s our home gym, so we know (the equipment) better.

“I’m confident, because I know I’ve done all the stuff on these beams before. At the other gyms, it’s a little different.”

Also on the beam, Breitholtz scored a 7.5, and Farrell had a 6.95. On the vault, Chelsea Rybak had a 7.3, Lindblom had a 7.2, Brie Anna Barto had a 6.10, and Emily Chant scored a 6.7.

The optional-level gymnasts finished on Friday. The meet continues today with the compulsory level beginning at 10:45 a.m. The team is also coached by Kim Eickhoff.

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at

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