State aspirations for SHS gymnasts include tattoos |

State aspirations for SHS gymnasts include tattoos

FARMER’S KORNER – Now that the Summit High School Gymnastics team is going to state, life is all about loud music and tattoos.

“If Claudia makes it to finals, I’ll get a tattoo,” said Katie Lindbloom at practice Wednesday, where the team was simulating the atmosphere at state with extremely loud music and lots of yelling. She was referring to her fellow Vail resident and SHS teammate Claudia Bouvier.

“If she makes it to finals, I’ll get a tattoo,” Bouvier echoed. “If I make it to finals, I’ll get a tattoo.”

“I’ll get a tattoo!” chimed in several others on the team.

“I don’t want a tattoo!” others declared.

Where do the coaches fit in to all of this?

“I said I’d think about it,” said head coach Beth Flaherty. “But I will not let them (the team) pick it out.”

“I said before, if we make it to state as a team, I was going to dye my hair two colors,” said assistant coach Chris Weber, whose hair is about a quarter-inch long. “I might show up like that this weekend.”

The state gymnastics meet begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Thornton High School. The top six teams from each classification qualifies to compete, and Summit is ranked No. 5 in 4A. Summit has had several individuals qualify for state in the past, but this will be the first time in school history the Tigers have qualified as a team.

“I’m really excited about it,” said sophomore Robin Lewarton, “because it’s never happened before.”

The team took turns practicing its floor routines Wednesday as others cheered. One gymnast at a time would attempt to concentrate on her beam routine amidst the booming music.

“On the floor (the music) makes me feel like I have power,” said sophomore Kelsey Todd. “But on the beam, it’s really distracting.”

Some of the Summit gymnasts have competed in state in past years and know the competition is stiff.

“People are really good,” Bouvier said. “We go to watch, pretty much. I want to make it to finals.”

“My goal is to nail my routine,” said Erin Young, who, despite being a junior, will graduate this year. “I’ll I want to do is perform well.”

Regardless of what the final results are, the reality of the Summit team’s accomplishments thus far have finally settled in.

“When I first told these guys we were going (to state), they all kind of looked at me like (deers in the headlights),” Flaherty said. “As practice went on, every so often, I’d hear “We’re going to state!’ like they had finally just got it. We’ve had a good week of practice. I think we’re ready to go.”

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