Summit Gymnastics break school record
ALAMOSA – The Summit High School Gymnastics team broke a school record Saturday at the Mountain League Open Saturday.
While its volleyball counterparts were taking on some of the best teams in the state at Summit High, Tiger gymnasts were competing against some of their old favorites in Alamosa, and finishing, in second place with an all-time team high of 171.05 points. Alamosa High School scraped by Summit to win the meet with 173.05 points.
“We were 10 points higher than the last record, so that’s really exciting,” said Summit head coach Beth Flaherty. “Our girls looked great. We competed against all 4A schools that we had competed against last year. We did really well.”
The Summit team was ranked seventh in Colorado previous to the meet, and is waiting anxiously to learn today whether or not its results Saturday were enough to land it a team spot in the state meet next weekend.
“The top six go to state,” Flaherty said. “And, we’re not sure how all the other teams did this weekend. We have a lot of girls qualified individually, but it would be great to go as a team.”
Summit High junior Claudia Bouvier is qualified for state in all around, floor and on beam, and led her team in points at Saturday’s meet.
“Claudia had the meet of her life,” Flaherty said. “She placed in every event.”
Bouvier was one of three Summit gymnasts to stick her beam routine Saturday, and won the event with a score of 9.05 points. She also took second in floor and all around, and third on bars and vault.
Katie Lindbloom also fared well in Saturday’s meet, winning the floor event with a 9.2 and tying Bouvier for third place in vault. She is qualified to go to state in vault, beam, and all around. Senior Erin Young took second on vault in the Mountain Open, and is qualified to compete in state vault, beam, floor and all around. Other individual qualifiers on the Summit team include Amelia Meier for bars, beam and all around, Kendra Huenneke on beam and Shauna Neely on beam.
Even if the Summit gymnasts don’t get to compete as a team at state, they are encouraged by their record-breaking weekend and plan to continue to shine in their individual performances.
“We are still having a little trouble on beam,” Flaherty said. “Our beam has been strong, but inconsistent. It’s hard to know from a team perspective, what state will look like, but we’re going to have a strong training week. I’m very proud.”
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