Shaking off the rust and jitters Saturday morning, the Columbus East gymnastics team opened up their season with a 107.4-99.2 victory against Seymour.
“It was a pretty clean meet for us. We had a few falls here and there,” East head coach Nancy Kirshman said.
“That’s what you got to get over. That is what the first meet is all about.”
Adi Minor led the way in a dominant performance for the Olympians, winning in the vault (9.2), uneven bars (9.55), balance beam (9.65) and tying for first in the floor exercise (9.4) with her teammate in freshman Taylyn Lane to place first in the all-around category (37.8).
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Lane also placed second in the vault (8.9) and finished third all-around (34.9) to cap off a successful performance in her first-ever high school varsity competition.
“For a first meet it’s all about really getting the jitters out. Everybody is nervous,” Minor said of her team’s expectations on the day. “We have freshman coming in and they are new to the whole high school scene. But I think everyone did a really good job today and I’m proud of the team.”
Abby Lewis finished second in the uneven bars (8.55) and third in the balance beam (8.9). Her 34.5 all-around scored placed her fourth in that category.
Competing without their number two gymnast Taylor Gascal, who has a slight ankle sprain, Kirshman knows the Olympians still have room for improvement moving forward.
“We had some good things done by people who are new to high school gymnastics. Some of our veterans did some good things, a little shaky here and there,” Kirshman said.
“But it’s a good starting point for us. Its obviously not where we need to be, but we had a good effort out of all our varsity and our JV people.”