Tiger gymnasts can’t slay 5A giants again
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GREEN MOUNTAIN ” The Summit High School gymnastics squad couldn’t play the role of giant-killer for two straight meets on Wednesday, as the Tigers lost to two 5A schools at Green Mountain: the host Rams and the Wildcats of Arvada West.
Third-place Summit scored 163.8 points to finish behind Green Mountain’s 179.775 and Arvada West’s 176.125.
Junior Lauren Biegler led the way for SHS. She was the only Tiger to place (top six) in an individual event, notching an 8.5 on beam, good enough for sixth. She also guaranteed herself a spot at the state meet with second-time qualifying marks on beam, bars, floor and the all-around.
Freshman Leah Canfield secured a spot on beam with her second state-worthy performance in that event, and led the Tigers on vault (8.4). Canfield also notched her first state-qualifying scores on bars and in the all-around.
Though the Tigers recorded a lower team score on floor and on beam, they improved on vault and on bars, thanks in part to some “new” help.
Senior Amelia Meier competed for the first time Wednesday along with sophomore Nicole Luby, and each made up for lost time. Meier achieved state marks on bars, beam and in the all-around, while Luby followed suit on the bars.
Junior Kelly Scholl also met the state mark in the all-around.
Head coach Beth Flaherty saw several strong performances but noted many areas for improvement, particularly on beam.
“Staying on was a challenge,” Flaherty said. “We only saw six stuck routines out of 12 and had a total of 13 falls.”
On floor, Flaherty said, “Their attitudes were positive and I was especially impressed with the tumbling of freshman Hannah Harris and Kelly Scholl.”
The vault was average, as expected, and Flaherty said the team will continue to increase its level of difficulty on that event. Overall, the Tigers improved their collective point total from 162.375 in their first meet to 163.8 on Wednesday, but Flaherty was not fully satisfied.
“While the team score begins to climb, we still have plenty to improve upon,” she said.
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