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Grand Ledge Varsity Gymnastics went into the March 20th Regional meet ready for battle. Coming off their CAAC Conference win and being named conference champs last week, the Comets knew they had the ability to come out on top but were not sure what the larger competition pool was bringing to the floor. Regionals brings together teams from a larger area of the state and multiple sessions allowed athletes from 12 teams to compete.
Grand Ledge pulled a last session berth and came in calm and ready to show their skills. Only athletes who scored qualifying scores at least three times over the course of the season would be allowed to compete. The top four athlete scores on each event are added together to make up the event score and ultimately the final team score.
The team started out on vault. Flipping vaults by Kennedy Sabin, Lizzie Maurer and Alaina Yaney along with a twisting vault from Emma Olds gave our team a solid start with a score of 37.05. This was just under last week’s season best team vault score. Olds, Alana Chapman and Natalie Carlson had personal season high scores at this meet.
The team moved on to bars and with a few upgrades making it into competition the team put up a season best score. Maurer, Yaney, Olds and Emily Crofut swung the counting bar scores this week. Personal season high scores were earned by Crofut, Sabin, Chapman, Lydia Beason and Ashley Richburg.
Beam has been the event the team has struggled with the most this season. The skills are there but so are the falls off the beam. This week was not the team’s best overall score, but it was enough to keep them competitive and in the lead. No fall routines from Maurer, Yaney, Olds and Crofut, who also had a personal season high, made up the four counting scores.
On the final event of the day, floor, performances by Maurer, Yaney, Richburg and Beason made a team season high score of 37.275. And with that they secured a Regional victory. Personal bests were put up by Maurer, Beaton, Richburg and Isabel Tenniswood.
Placing in the top three at Regionals advances those teams to the Team States competition. The last time Comet gymnastics placed at Regionals was in 2017. And 2014 was the last time that the team had a first-place regional finish. This year’s first place finishing team is made up of one senior, four juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen.
Friday, March 26 the GL Varsity Gymnastics will head to Rockford High school to compete in the team competition against twelve other schools. Their Regional scoring positions them as one of the top scorers who will compete at the State level.
Gymnasts that place in the top eight on an event or top six in the all around are eligible to move on to the state Individual Meet. On Saturday, March 27th the individual qualifiers will compete for placements. This talented team has six gymnasts who are eligible to compete individually. This is divided into two divisions based on previous gymnastics experience.
In the Division 1 contest, Lizzie Maurer and Alaina Yaney will be representing GL. Maurer is the D1 all around winner and placed first on bars, beam, floor and second on vault to her teammate. In addition to Yaney’s first place on vault she took third on beam and floor and fourth on bars. She finished second in the all around competition.
In the Division 2 contest Emma Olds, Kennedy Sabin, Emily Crofut and Ashley Richburg are headed to compete individually. Olds placed first on vault and bars, third on beam and is the D2 all around champion. Sabin will represent on vault where she took the second-place position. A third-place finish on floor by Richburg and an eighth-place finish on bars by Crofut will move them forward as well.