Silverthorne Storm brings medals home from state meet
AURORA – The Silverthorne Storm gymnastics team wrapped up its season with 13 medals and two champions from its state meet in Aurora last weekend.
“Our girls competed well in spite of the state jitters, some pain, and the distraction of all the very strong gymnasts who were also competing at this meet,” said Storm coach Ben Way. “The showing of our 10 state qualifiers rounded out the Silverthorne Recreation Center’s successful season in the CARA (Colorado Association for Recreational Athletics) league this summer.”
The optional division gymnasts competed Friday, a day that saw many crashes. Still, Kira Breitholtz came up with her best vault and floor scores of the season while hitting the podium five times. She landed on the top spot on floor with a score of 7.75 points. Sara Lindblom had what Way described as “a bit of a light bulb day” – on and off. She came up with a floor routine that matched her best effort of the year and scored a 7.97 to put her into sixth place. She also scored a 7.2 on bars and placed fifth. Way said Sarah Reichardt continued to improve as she hit one of her best vaults, scoring a 7.7 and placing just off the podium in eighth. Chelsea Rybak was battling hand pain, yet still completed her bar routine, scoring a 5.75. She also came up with a 7.7 vault score. Chelsee Farrell was off on her vaults and still came away with a respectable 7.4.
Four of Silverthorne’s compulsory girls competed Saturday, and brought home six medals and another state championship, despite tough competition in their division.
Way said Gabi Ketzenbarger’s focus and commitment increased this year and it showed in competitions. On Saturday, she scored an 8.6 from tough judges on vault to win the event. She followed up with solid beam (8.2) and bar (8.3) routines and finished off with a third-place floor routine, scoring a 9.57.
Abby Akers was coming off a stellar season, having won the all-around in more than one meet. Saturday she nearly stuck her beam routine (8.3), had a nice showing on bars (8.95) and her best floor routine ever for a 9.1. Kathleen Moore placed fourth on vault and bars with scores of 8.05 and 8.85, respectively. She also stuck her beam routine to score an 8.4 – her highest of the year. Meghan Kane stuck a very solid and clean routine to score her highest score of her life – a 8.75 for third place. Way said he and Storm coach Kim Eichkoff would like to thank the parents of the Storm gymnasts for driving the girls around Colorado for competitions this season and putting up with evening practices throughout the year.
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