Silverthorne takes state meet by storm in Aurora
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AURORA ” The Silverthorne Storm Gymnastics team had an impressive weekend at the Colorado state meet held at Overland High School in Aurora last Friday and Saturday. Thirteen of the team’s 17 girls made the podium, including nine first-place medals and five state champions.
“Most of our girls really competed to the best of their abilities,” Storm head coach Ben Way said of his team’s dominant performance. “Coming in I expected us to do really well, and the team did very well.”
In addition the girls totaling 35 top-6 finishes in the 30-plus team field, the Storm also set many personal bests in terms of score.
Competing in the optional division, Kenady Neicosi won the state title in the all around (AA) with her highest score of the year, a 31.525. She also improved on her scores in the vault and on the bars by five tenths of a point.
Neicosi’s teammate Chelsea Rybak also had an outstanding day. Rybak, who Way called the “comeback kid of the season,” after fracturing her back last year, took first place in the vault with a 9.075.
Tessa Gunnin completed her “tightest and cleanest floor routine ever”, Way said, on her way to scoring a career-high 8.575 and place fifth.
With her best beam and vault scores of the season, Chantel Shernekau placed third
Haley Harvey competed in the beam for the Storm.
“[The beam] is a tough event to have as your only event,” Way said of Harvey’s performance. “Look for her to do well this season at [Summit High School].”
Despite a rocky performance for the team in the vault, the Storm’s compulsory four team still had an impressive showing.
Kayla Cushing led the way, placing first on every event except the vault with a 35.2 AA score.
Kimberly Coffin and Molly Sharr shared the top spots on the other three events ” as was the case through much of this season” with Coffin winning bars and Sharr finishing first on beam and floor. For the AA title, Coffin (33.75) just edged out Sharr (33.70) by a mere 0.05 to take second place, while Sharr finished third.
Natalie Whatley placed in every event except vault. She finished second in the floor routine with an impressive 9.35 and placed fourth in AA.
Miranda Minor improved her AA score by more than a point and a half and ended up placing third. “She was pretty much the only one to hit close to their best vault, and it placed her fourth [in that event],” Way said.
Grace Mickelson had another consistent meet. She did her “best floor routine ever” to score a 9.1 and place second, Way said. She also hit the podium in AA with a fifth-place finish at 33.125.
“Abby Charneskie, Sophie Imamura and Laurel Bonner all had eye-opening experiences competing in their first state meet,” Way said. “They have the chance to do really well at this meet next year with dedication and hard work.”
Madison Hunt-Snyder set a personal best with a 33.1 in AA, where she placed sixth.
Emily Johnson placed on every event with the exception of bar, including third on beam and floor, fourth on vault and fifth AA.
“Both had good meets overall,” Way said.
The Storm’s boys’ team heads to state at Highland Hills Gymnastics Center Aug 1st., where three members of the team have qualified for the meet.
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