Summit gymnasts soar at state
THORNTON – The tattoos are on their way. Three gymnasts from Summit High School made it to finals Saturday at the state gymnastics meet in Thornton, and the entire Summit team came together for some of its best results.
Junior Erin Young, who will graduate this year, finished 13th in vault to go on to finals in the event. Freshman Amelia Meier was 14th in bars to go on to finals and finish ninth overall. Claudia Bouvier, who claimed she’d get a new tattoo if she made it to finals, took 13th in beam and 15th to vault to advance in both events.
“It was so cool,” said Summit coach Beth Flaherty. “I was so pleased and so excited and so proud.”
Overall, Summit took fourth place as a team, missing third by .075 points.
“We had 168.40 points and Pueblo had 163.475,” Flaherty said. “But, overall, it was our second highest score of the season. I definitely felt the team peaked at state, and that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes nerves get the best of them. Some of the girls had their best performances of the season.”
The team started out on beam, which has been a strong event for the Tigers throughout the season, but highly inconsistent, with many falls and wobbles during competition. Flaherty said that with 68 competitors in the state beam event, the team was glad to get it out of the way first.
“The girls did awesome on beam,” Flaherty said. “We had a really strong beam day. On Claudia’s final beam routine, it was really shaky, and her foot slipped off during a back handspring. Everyone in the entire audience gasped. But she landed on one foot and never fell. She definitely showed her experience and determination.”
It has been at least three years since any Summit gymnast has made it to finals in state competition, and Meier will have three more years of further opportunity after landing the Tigers’ top results Saturday.
“As a freshman, making finals is huge for her,” Flaherty said. “It was a really exciting day.”
Katie Lindbloom finished 16th in floor, barely missing a spot in finals, and Jamie Norton, Kelsey Todd, Kendra Huenneke and Shauna Neely all had some of their best performances of the season.
“I was kind of nervous getting there, but sometimes that can set the stage for a great meet,” Flaherty said. “It was just such a great day. I told the girls (Saturday), if I was the kind of coach that cried, I’d cry right now.”
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