Patriots edge short-handed Olympians

The Columbus East gymnastics team was shorthanded in its meet Wednesday night against Owen Valley.

Adi Minor, who has the state’s best all-around score, sustained an ankle injury and was a late scratch from the meet. Seena Greiwe has a minor tweak in her back and did not participate on the floor.

The rest of the Olympians stepped up their performances. They had first-place finishers in all four events but came up two-tenths of a point short in the team battle in a 107.45-107.25 loss.

East coach Nancy Kirshman said that the injuries are not as serious and decided to sit Minor and Greiwe out as a precaution. She is optimistic that both girls will be ready for the sectional next week.

“It’s nothing major, but we took (Minor) out,” Kirshman said. “There was no sense in being in a meet right now. We probably knew we were going to give up the meet, but it is just a meet. The girls did well, though, and everyone did their job.”

Taylor Gaskill, who was battling sickness most of last week, won the all-around competion with a 36.6 for the Olympians. She placed first on the vault with a (9.0) and floor exercise (9.45) and finished second on the  bars (9.05) and fourth on the beam (9.1).

Abby Lewis, who missed the early part of the season because of and injury, is starting to get back into form. She won the beam with a 9.55 and placed fourth on the floor with a 9.2.

“I was really proud of Taylor,” Kirshman said. “She had a great meet. Everyone stepped up nicely and did as well as they could, so that was a good thing.”

Greiwe placed in two of the three events in which she competed. She won the bars with a 9.15 and took second on the vault with an 8.9.

Minor plans to be checked out by doctors today, but Kirshman said the most important thing is to have all of her girls as close to 100 percent when the East Sectional come around Feb. 24.