BY ROB DEWEESE
For The Republic
Columbus East gymnast Adi Minor just keeps breaking records — even if they’re her own.
Minor scored a 9.9 on the bars Saturday, breaking her own school record of 9.875 she had just set recently in a win against Columbus North.
“I don’t think about the scores before I do an event,” Minor said. “I just try to do my best. I had a good feeling about the routine. It all came together for me today, so it was awesome to do.”
Minor’s performance was just a small example of a dominating display of gymnastics by the fourth-ranked Olympian squad.
They tallied a team score of 108.35, while Roncalli finished a distant second with a 97.55 and Bloomington North was third at 95.95.
Although Minor had a great deal to do with East’s victory, she had a lot of help from her teammates. Finishing second to Minor, who scored a total of 38.8 in the all-around, was Taylor Gaskill with a 34.95, and third was Taylen Lane with a 34.6.
East coach Nancy Kirshman was pleased with her team’s performance, especially with the absence of Abby Lewis, who is one of the Olympians’ top four gymnasts.
“Abby is at home sick today, so I told the girls that you just have to step up and do your job today,” Kirshman said.
Although Minor won each event in dominating fashion, scoring a 9.75 on the vault, 9.45 on the team and 9.7 on the floor, her teammates helped carry the load in the absence of Lewis.
Gaskill finished second on the beam (8.95) and bars (8.85), and Lane took second on the floor (8.95) and vault (8.8). Lane also accomplished a first for her, landing a double full for the first time on the floor.
Elise Lasell came through with a fourth on the beam (8.3) and fifth in the all-around (32.25).
Overall, Kirshman was pretty happy with the performance.
“We had a couple of uncharacteristic errors on beam and floor today that we need to clean up,” Kirshman stated. “But I was pleased to score a 108 without Abby in there.”