Summit gymnastics sets new team high
LAKEWOOD – The Summit High School gymnastics squad took another step toward qualifying for the state tournament as a team on Wednesday night, scoring a season-high 163.375 to finish second at the Lakewood Quad meet. The highlights of the day came from Leilani Bruntz and Lauren Biegler. Biegler stuck her uneven bars routine for a Tigers-leading 8.850. Meanwhile, Bruntz also was strong on the bars, scoring an 8.575, and stuck her floor routine for an 8.550 on her way to an all-around score of 33.975.Like Bruntz and Biegler, Kelly Scholl performed well in her floor routine, scoring an 8.4, while on the uneven bars Emma Koenig and Amelia Meier notched strong scores at 8.450 and 8.425, respectively. “They had a good warm-up and the gym was a really nice facility with a lot of energy,” said head coach Beth Flaherty. “The girls were pretty pumped up and had a great floor set.” The team score eclipsed a 161.675 that has stood as the season’s best since the Tigers’ season opener against Pomona on Sept. 2. To qualify for state, Summit needs to finish in the top six out of the 17 4A gymnastics teams. Individuals can qualify based on achieving certain levels in each discipline during the season, but Flaherty has made it clear throughout the season that taking the entire team is the priority this year. Summit came into Wednesday night’s quad third in the state behind Liberty and Sterling, and the performance will likely boost the Tigers back into second, a position they’ve held for much of the season.Flaherty pointed out, however, that several schools have not yet reported their season’s results, including Canon City and Pueblo Central, which began the season ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. The final standings are determined by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA). Regardless of how other schools fare, Flaherty is confident her team will do enough to qualify. “We’re moving in the right direction,” she said. “We had more stuck routines (Wednesday night) than we’ve had all year.” The Tigers’ season continues on Tuesday with a quad against 5A Arvada West and Standley Lake and 4A Evergreen, at Evergreen.Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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