Silverthorne gymnasts perform well at state meet |

Silverthorne gymnasts perform well at state meet

Devon O'Neil

AURORA – The Silverthorne Storm girls gymnastics team wrapped up its summer of competitions over the weekend at the Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics (CARA) state championship meet in Aurora, going home with two individual state titles and a handful of other hardware for its showing.Storm coach Ben Way said that despite a few bobbles, the team performed up to its ability and pleased its coach. “We had a very good meet,” he said summarily.Among the team’s optional contingent (where the kids design and perform their own routines), talented Libby Helmer landed in second on beam, third in all-around and fifth on floor. All that came despite an “off meet,” according to Way.Chelsea Rybak and Kelli McDonald also competed for the Storm in optional, and each came through with a solid showing on vault.In the compulsory competition (where the kids perform routines designed by their coaches), Tessa Gunnin led the Storm as she has all season with a performance full of top-six placings. Gunnin, one of four Level 4 Storm girls, took fourth with what Way called an “excellent” floor routine, scoring an 8.85. She ended up fourth in all-around as well. Megan Heil and Anne DeJulio followed the example set by Gunnin with some of their top efforts of the season on vault. Although some questionable judging didn’t give them the scores they’d hoped for, both were rewarded at the awards ceremony after the meet when they were announced as state champions for their respective age groups.DeJulio also had a “super-clean floor routine,” according to Way, and placed fourth with an impressive 9.1. Heil’s consistency across all four events put her in sixth in all-around.Emily Johnson rounded out the Storm Level 4s with a solid bar routine, placing in the top 10 with an 8.0.First-year competitor Bronwyn Walls shouldered the Storm load in the Level 5 division, placing sixth in floor. “She did quite well to end up where she did this year,” said Way of Walls’ inexperience.The Storm boys team competes at its state championship meet Saturday morning at Hyland Hills.

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