Tigers gymnastics hits high watermark
FARMER’S KORNER – By the time Claudia Bouvier’s floor routine score was flashed, the entire gymnastics team had already meandered over to the the corner of the gym to the vault.
“I was kind of nervous,” she said a bit later about the transition from finishing her routine and seeing her score.
She felt strong coming off the first tumbling run and, by the time she brought her arms into her chest and stopped moving, she knew she had just run her strongest floor routine of the season.
When the two scores came up – a 9.0 and a 9.1 – the crowd in the bleachers erupted and head coach Beth Flaherty gave her a big hug.
The 9.05 average was a season high for Bouvier and good enough for second place in the event.
The high watermark was one of two for the team captain Monday night, and added to her personal best on the uneven bars.
Bouvier’s performance was just a part of the Tiger’s strong effort, which led to a season high 160.8 team overall score.
According to Flaherty, that likely moves the team up to fifth in the league, which, if the Tigers can hold, will qualify the entire team for the state meet. The top six teams in the conference get to go.
The score was a team-oriented goal set for Saturday’s Invitational, Flaherty said, one which they were unable to meet.
So, to turn around and hit the magic number Monday night was laudable.
“I think it gives the girls a little bit of a confidence booster,” the coach said.
The conference standings are based on an average of the three best team scores of the season, so the 160 mark they broke Monday night can be built upon through the rest of the season.
Notes: Amelia Meier and Katie Lindbloom each had state-qualifying scores on bars, while Shauna Neely joined Bouvier as the only other Tiger to break 8.5 on the floor with an 8.55. … Flaherty noted that beam continues to be a weak point for the team. … The team will next feature their skills for the public in the U-Be-The-Judge exhibition on Thursday night at 6:30. Their next competition is a league quadrangle at Pomona on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.
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