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Storm stomps competition

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Another meet, another dominating performance from the Silverthorne Storm gymnastics team.

Competing at the Hyland Hills Gymnastics Center on Friday, the youth squad had 22 first-place finishes, and every single athlete on the team hit the podium at least once.

“The girls are showing steady progress and improvement,” head coach Ben Way said via e-mail. “Their hard work is paying off.”

On the optional division, Abby Akers nearly swept first place for the entire meet, winning four of the five events. Way said Akers is “tumbling with more confidence and hit a nice solid handspring vault.”

In the same division, Gracie Mickelson and Sophie Imamura both made large improvements to their respective scores. Mickelson added four full points to her score in the all around, and both gymnasts placed in every event.

Janessa Bjork threw her first-ever back tuck in winning the floor exercise and also picked up a win on the vault.

The level-5 compulsory division proved to be a competitive one for the Silverthorne girls. Cassidy Bargell had the team’s lone win at that level after completing a “beautiful” floor routine, Way said, despite a scary spill on the beam.

Ellie Mickelson hit her first kip and front hip circle on bars, and Abby Charneski nailed a round-off-back handspring for the first time ever.

The Storm dominated the comp-4 contest, with three wins and two second-place finishes in AA.

Delani Bargell hit solid routines with “tight form all day,” Way said, in placing first in four events on the day. Her 9.5 on bars barely edged out her sister, Cassidy, who scored a 9.4.

Lily Burns placed in the top-three in all events and won both the vault and the AA.

Meanwhile, Paige Schlegl continued to improve her scores, Way said, and placed in four out of the five events.

The Storm was without both Laural Bonner and Elyse Good, who were nursing sprained ankles.

The Silverthorne squad now has one last meet before regionals. The Storm will compete in Commerce City next Saturday.


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