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Bull Dog gymnasts come out swinging in opener


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Columbus North Chelsea Wieland competes on the balance beam during their meet against Bloomington North on Monday at Columbus North High School.
PHOTO BY TOMMY WALKER
Columbus North Chelsea Wieland competes on the balance beam during their meet against Bloomington North on Monday at Columbus North High School. PHOTO BY TOMMY WALKER


The Columbus North gymnastics team is hoping to make its seventh consecutive trip to the state finals this year.

This looks to be a possibility, with North coming out strong in its season-opener, defeating Bloomington North 105.425-93.825 on Monday night at North.

North head coach Sandy Freshour is excited about some new talent the team possesses, as well as the strong senior leadership.

Among that new young talent is freshman Katrina May, who won the all-around competition with a score of 35.375, as well as placing second in floor (8.825), second on beam (8.025), first on uneven bars (9.4) and second on vault (9.025).

Freshour said she was pleased with the meet overall and hopes that the senior experience of her team will play a large part in a postseason run.

“We had some great moments tonight,” Freshour said. “Our seniors are all wonderful girls as well as strong mentors and extremely talented. We will look to our seasoned leaders to be the backbone of our success this season.”

North’s Emma Geilker is one of three seniors leading the team this year, along with Chelsea Weiland and Danielle McDermott.

Geilker is confident her team will make another run to state.

“I hope we can have fun with it this year, along with being serious,” Geilker said. “We have a lot of talented younger girls who will further our success this season. I love my team so much. We will make it to state.”

Other North gymnasts placing included senior Chelsea Weiland, who placed second in the all-around with a score of 34.85, as well as first on beam (8.225), first on floor (9.4) and third on the uneven bars (8.825).

Weiland was followed by North’s Megan Heathcote in the all-around, who took third with a score of 33.5. Heathcote also placed first on vault (9.225), as well as fourth on floor (8.425).

North’s Kaitlyn Barnes placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 32.65, as well as tying with teammate May for second on beam (8.025), and taking fourth on the uneven bars (8.425) and fourth in vault (8.525).

North will face East on at 7 p.m. Wednesday on its home floor.

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