Storm boys dominant in Broomfield
The Silverthorne Storm boys gymnastics team won 14 of the 21 events at last Friday’s meet in Broomfield, despite having just three members.”The boys wreaked havoc,” Storm coach Ben Way said. “The girls then rolled up to Frederick and picked up 15 more blue ribbons. All of our gymnasts hit the podium at least twice and most placed in the All-Around (AA).”The boys team was lead by John DeJulio, who placed first in every event. DeJulio, who improved on his previous AA score by nine points, hit a nearly perfect vault and demonstrated excellent form throughout his routines, according to Way. Eli McCormick had a strong day as well, placing first in six out of seven events. Nathan Quandt won the rings and improved his AA score by 4 points. The Storm girls team, which competed in three different categories in Frederick, has concluded its regular season. The girls are now focused on the regional meet July 13-14 in Thornton where a top-six finish will earn them a trip to the state meet.
Optional girlsKaylin Lilly had a good meet overall placing first in beam and AA; Lilly and Jordan Smith (first in vault) both performed well enough to move up to the stronger Optional 2 level for regionals; Anne DeJulio improved her AA score by 3.5 points and attained her AA qualifying score; and Tessa Gunnin added in some new moves in the tough O3 division.
Compulsory 5s Kara Karlin fell square on her hip while warming up on the beam, but it didn’t prevent her from earning regional-qualifying scores in three events. “Kara receives the purple heart of determination for this meet,” Way said. “The big beam bite had to hurt.”Lindsay Erickson and Emily Johnson (first in vault) both qualified in AA; and Erica Getz earned a regional spot on the uneven bars.
Compulsory 4s”The entire level 4 team is showing steady improvement,” Way said. “Everybody’s AA score went up.” Kimberly Coffin (first in AA) and Kayla Cushing (second in AA) both improved their AA scores by 3 points; and Grace Mickelson and Jenessa Bjork both got their first regional scores in AA, which means all of the Storm’s level 4 gymnasts have qualified for regionals in All-Around.
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