Silverthorne Storm gymnasts heading to state
SILVERTHORNE – The pre-meet routine won’t change this week for the Silverthorne Storm gymnastics team, although the stakes are higher. Coach Ben Way’s squad will review video, practice routines, rest and visualize.
The idea is to approach this weekend’s Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics (CARA) state championships like any other meet this season, even if it will be the first state trip for most of the team.
“You have to try not to make it any different than the others because that adds more stress,” Way said.
The Silverthorne team is sending five optional-level athletes and five from the compulsory level to the meet, which starts Friday at Overland High School in Aurora. The gymnasts qualified with strong showings at last weekend’s regionals in the same gym.
The top six in each event made the cut, and for Silverthorne, that was Sarah Reichardt, Sara Lindblom, Kira Breitholtz, Chelsea Rybak and Chelsee Farrell on the optional level and Abby Akers, Gabi Katzenbarger, Meghan Kane, Kathleen Moore and Sophie Elliot in compulsory.
Rybak qualified in two events, placing fifth on bars and sixth on vault. Lindblom landed a half-on, half-off vault for a personal best 8.2, placing second in the event. She will also go to state in bars and all-around.
Farrell won the vault for her age with a handspring that scored 8.1. Breitholtz fought through injury to place second on beam and third on bars. The injury – a strained shoulder – kept her from competing in the floor or vault. Reichardt scored a personal best on the vault to place sixth (7.3).
Emily Chant was close in both the vault and the floor, placing just off the cut (seventh and ninth respectively) in each. Kelli McDonald and Angie Elliot showed potential with their best competition vaults ever.
The compulsory team made up for a poor performance on the vault with a strong showing on the beam, and stayed solid through the rest of the meet.
Akers had the highest score of the entire meet with her 9.4 bar routine. She won the all-around and the bars and placed fourth on the beam and vault.
Katzenbarger also had a career meet, placing second in the all-around, second in beam, third on bars and sixth on floor.
Moore scored a 9.1 on the bars to place third and was fifth on the beam and sixth on vault. Kane was third with an 8.15 on the beam and just missed qualifying for state in the vault and all-around. Sophie Elliot, who has been nursing a bad ankle, squeaked in with a 7.9 on the vault, good enough for sixth place.
Brianna Rouillard and Maddy Trippe were solid on the vault and beam and should contend for a state spot next season.
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