Storm gymnasts open season with a bang
The Silverthorne Storm Gymnastics team, which is sponsored by the town of Silverthorne, had its first competition last weekend and looked like the perennial youth power the squad has come to be known as. The team had 22 girls compete at Carbon Valley and 19 of those qualified for the regional meet (July 15-16 Broomfield) in this Colorado Association of Recreational Athletics (CARA) league opener. A whopping 11 kids qualified in the all-around division (AA), which is typically the toughest part. Those few that didn’t get a qualifying score are all within striking range, according to Storm head coach Ben Way, and should accomplish that goal at the team’s home meet June 10-11. Overall the Storm walked away with 70 trips to the podium and 22 first-place finishes last weekend.The optional girls – who design their own routines – all hit the podium on multiple events. Most notably Chelsea Rybak and Samantha Gardner topped their age groups on beam and bars, respectively, both with nice clean routines on these events, Way said.The second group to compete were the compulsory level 5 girls. (Compulsory competitors perform routines designed by the league.) All four of Summit’s level 5 girls qualified in AA easily. Tessa Gunnin started up where she left off last season by taking first in four of five events. Gabi Ketzenbarger swung a great bar routine winning bars and AA. Jordan Smith placed first on beam with a very solid routine and was right behind Ketzenbarger in AA.The Storm’s level 4 team virtually “dominated” their meet, Way said. “We have a lot of girls on this team and all have good skills.” Kaylin Lilly shocked herself and her family by placing first in every event in the 7-year-old division. Kaitlin Akers tied Lilly on vault and was on the podium on all the rest of the events. Kaitlynn Sockett had a strong meet placing first on floor and AA in her age group. Anne DeJulio also looked very clean and poised in placing first on beam, floor and AA. Megan Heil had a nice strong vault, placing first. Madison Hunt-Snyder nailed her beam routine by sticking her cartwheel; she finished first in her division. Elle Pitts is looking very solid and powerful, according to Way. She placed first on beam and placed in the top three on all other events. Others competing in this meet were Sarah Reichardt, Kelli McDonald, Abby Akers, Angela Diekmann, Jessica Mancini, Cait Lorch, Lee Ehrman, Emily Johnson, Haley Harvey and Brianna Rouillard.
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