The Columbus East gymnasts hosted Connersville without their second-best all-around gymnast, Seena Greiwe, because of a tweaked back muscle. But the Olympians still manged to set two school records Wednesday.
Adi Minor finished first in all four individual events and helped lead East to a team school record in a 111.15-100.2 victory.
Minor’s lowest score in the meet was a 9.75 on the bars, and she went into the floor needing a 9.4 to break the school record for the all-around. She finished with a 9.8 to end the night with a 39.2, making history for the second time this year.
“My freshman year, we broke the (team) record,” Minor said. “I don’t think any of us thought about this coming in. Seena Greiwe was tallying up the scores, and we were just like ‘I can’t believe we just did that.’ It’s so exciting, and I’m just so proud of everybody for going out and doing their best. It was awesome.”
The Olympians earned the top three finishes in the all-around, with Taylor Gaskill scoring 36.70 points to grab second. She placed second in in all four individual events.
Abby Lewis stepped in Greiwe’s place and competed in her first meet of the year after having wrist surgery. She placed third on the vault, beam and floor and fourth on the bars.
East coach Nancy Kirshman had a long discussion with her team about stepping up to the plate after being disappointed in the team’s performance in Saturday’s Merrillville Invitational.
“That’s how you compete,” Kirshman said. “Everybody’s score counts. It doesn’t matter if you’re No. 1 or No. 2, somebody has to step up and fill (Greiwe’s) shoes. They did that today, and that’s what I’m asking for.”
Kirshman was happy with her team’s performance but said the work is still not over. There were still mistakes made that she would like to see cleaned up and is focused on making sure that the gymnasts can keep this performance up at a consistent basis. She wants her team to live by the slogan of “don’t do it until you get it right, do it until you can’t get it wrong.”
“We’re not there yet,” Kirshman said. “You have to be able to go up there and say, ‘I can do this every single time,’ and that’s where Adi Minor is. It’s just great because we’ve got more. We’re not finished yet, and its exciting for them to realize they can score that kind of score.”
East has two dual meets left before the postseason starts, and Kirshman is expecting Greiwe to be well enough to come back by Monday’s contest at Bloomington South.