Summit High School gymnastics cap season at state |

Summit High School gymnastics cap season at state

Richard Chittick
Robin Lewarton a Junior Caption on the Summit County High School gymnastic team does a straddle jump in preparation for the state gymnastic meet. Lewarton will compete in this years State finals on balance beam and floor exercise.

THORNTON – When Robin Lewarton began her initial beam competition in the 4A state gymnastics meet at Thornton High School on Saturday, she had no idea how far she would go.

“I was really calm and really confident,” she said. “I thought I was going to be nervous, but I wasn’t.”

Lewarton nailed her routine to finish with a season high score of 8.775, which was good enough to get her into the state finals where she finished 10th.

“I was excited that I had stuck the landing, but I didn’t know I had done that well,” she explained.

The Summit High School junior was one of 11 students from the gymnastics team to attend the state competition this weekend.

Claudia Bouvier, a senior at Battle Mountain who competes for Summit, scored an 8.95 on her floor routine to move to the finals, where she finished in the top 15.

Since Summit did not qualify as a team, each athlete’s scores from the season were used to qualify them individually.

With only a week to go, however, not enough 4A students had qualified for certain disciplines and a wild card scenario similar to baseball and football playoffs kicked in, according to Paul Angelico, Colorado High School Activities Association’s associate commissioner.

As such, head coach Beth Flaherty was able to take five more students than she had expected.

“I emphasize team aspects,” Flaherty said. “So to be able to take that many individuals was exciting.”

Flaherty was also impressed with the performance of freshmen Emma Koenig and Kelly Scholl on bars, each scoring a season high. “You can’t be disappointed when you have one of your best routines (of the season) at state,” she said.

NOTES: Bouvier and Katie Lindbloom were the only students competing in the all-around, finishing 19th and 28th respectively. … The team finished in 10th place overall with a score of 141.10. … The 11 members to go were Lewarton, Bouvier, Lindbloom, Koenig, Scholl, Kelsey Todd, Shauna Neely, Melissa Griffith, Amelia Meier and Kira Breitholtz.

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