Storm defend home mats in Silverthorne |

Storm defend home mats in Silverthorne

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Nine teams and more than 200 gymnasts were at the Silverthorne Recreation Center last weekend, as the Silverthorne Storm hosted its annual summer meet.

And the Storm seemed right at home. The Silverthorne squad picked up 20 first-place finishes over the two days of competition

“We looked good (and) added a few new regional qualifiers in this meet,” Storm head coach Ben Way said.

In Friday’s optional-level competition, the Storm swarmed the podium.

Jenessa Bjork won the vault in her division and placed in two other events.

Way said Kimberly Coffin had a “very smooth routine” to win on the bars and also finished second in all around and vault.

Kenady Nevicosi was third on bars and second in AA, but saved her best for the floor routine, on which she scored an impressive 8.7 to take the win.

Tessa Gunnin capped off the day for the Storm with a pair of gold medals from the bars and floor competitions. She wound up third in the AA.

Saturday, the team’s compulsory level 4 and 5 girls competed.

In the comp-4 category, the storm had four girls reach the regional-qualifying score in AA for the first time. Annette Akers, Samantha Cason and Sydney Vargo each improved their personal-best AA scores by more than two points in the meet, while Joy Manguso bettered her AA total by a point. All four will join their teammates at regionals.

Also in comp-4, Sophia Romero dominated in winning three events – AA, bars and floor – and placed in vault as well.

The comp-5 girls for Silverthorne also had an impressive meet, earning two AA victories.

Abby Charneskie landed her first kip and first back handspring ever in the meet, on her way to a win in vault and a second-place finish in each of the remaining events.

Cassidy Bargell also had a big day, winning four events. Her only second-place finish came in the vault against Charneskie. Bargell bested her teammate by a mere 0.3 points for the AA title.

Way said Mia Ammon showed “immense determination and strength” in making her kip. She placed in every event and won both the vault and AA.

“She was determined the entire meet, and it showed by her placing in every event,” Way said.

The Storm are off this week, as they prepare for their next meet on July 2.

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