Senior sets record, leads North to title

BLOOMINGTON — Columbus North gymnast Ashley Holliday missed most of this week because of the flu, but that did not stop her from having a record breaking performance in the Conference Indiana championship at Bloomington South.

Holliday jokingly said that maybe she should get the flu more often after she set a conference record on the floor while tying two other records to help the Bull Dogs win the conference championship with a 112.9 score.

The senior’s 9.825 score on the floor earned her a first-place finish. Her 9.750 on the vault tied her old conference record, which gave her another first-place finish. She was in a third-place tie with her teammate Sami Heathcote in the balance beam.

Holliday ended the day with a 38.275 first place all-around score, tying another conference record she already held.

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“I’m a little bit surprised, honestly,” Holliday said. “I’ve had two practices, but I just came in today and was like ‘What do I have to lose?’ It’s senior year, and I was happy. This is my last (conference championship).”

Claire Thompson was right behind Holliday, getting second place on the vault, bars and floor and earning a first-place finish on the beam with a 9.55 score. The Bull Dogs swept the top three places on the vault and beam, with Heathcote earning her second third-place finish on the bars.

North swept the top three places in the all-around, as well. Thompson finished second with a 38.175 score, and Heathcote was third with a 36.45.

“Nothing really surprises me with either Ashley or Claire,” North co-coach Bob Arthur said. “They’re such capable gymnasts and so talented. For them to set a record is almost something we expect. We’ve got so used to having them do that.”

Bloomington South finished second as a team with a 109.95 score. Franklin Central placed third with a 102.35 score and Bloomington North finished in fourth with a 99.075 score. Holliday, Thompson and Heathcote were the three out of six gymnast who were named to the All-Conference Team.

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at fbonner@therepublic.com or 812-379-5632.