East gymnast sets her fourth school record on senior night

Columbus East gymnast Adi Minor has had some of her worst injuries during previous senior nights, but she finally made it through her own senior night Wednesday against Owen Valley.

Minor has senior night memories of breaking her leg in the final event her freshman year to injuring her ankle during warmups last season.

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But this season has left her with a much better night to remember. The Olympians’ lone senior had another record-setting night to help East get a 111.75 to 104.8 victory against Owen Valley.

“I’m so happy; it’s such a relief,” Minor said. “I was going through all day, and I was like, ‘Oh, it’s senior night; I’m praying that I stay healthy,’ and I did. That’s all I can ask for.”

Not only did Minor stay healthy, she set her fourth individual school record by earning a 9.9 score on the balance beam. She also won the vault and uneven bars with 9.8 scores, and tied Taylen Lane for second with a 9.3 on the floor exercise. East swept the top three places in the all-around competition, with Adi Minor (38.8) placing first, Taylor Gaskill (36.2) earning second and Lane (35.5) finishing third.

Gaskill won the floor exercise with a 9.5 and placed third with a 9.0 in the uneven bars. She also earned a fourth-place finish in the balance beam with a 9.1. Lane’s other second-place finish came in the uneven bars when she scored a 9.15, and placed fourth in the vault with a 8.65. Abby Lewis, who placed second in the balance beam, was restricted to just one event because she has been sick since Friday.

“We did a good job tonight, we really did,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said. “We’re fighting the bug a little bit. We’ve had people out with the flu and people not feeling the best. … We had a good meet. It wasn’t our best vaulting night for Taylor or (Taylyn). We’ve got to do better there, but I was pleased for Adi; she had a good night.”

The Olympians closed their regular season on a high note, and will host the sectional Feb. 23. Minor is heading into the final postseason with a lot of confidence in herself and her teammates.

“I have a good feeling about my team,” Minor said. “They have been putting up really good numbers in practice, and they have a good head on their shoulders. I have feeling they’re going to go out there and kill it.”

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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.