Although Seymour finished eighth in the Columbus East Sectional gymnastics meet Friday, Owls head coach Angie Mellencamp was hugging each of her gymnasts following the competition.
The Owls rallied with a solid second half of the meet after being sluggish at the start.
Seymour sophomore Alyssa Goen rallied to place fourth in the all-around and qualified for the Columbus East Regional.
Goen placed fourth in the all-around with 35.325 on the strength of a fourth-place finish in the vault at 9.0 and a third-place showing on the bars with an 8.8.
Sam Silver of Seymour placed ninth on the floor exercise at 9.05 but didn’t qualify for the regional.
Freshmen dominated the top spots in the sectional, but it was Columbus North’s Ashley Holliday who once again was on top of the podium at the end of the meet.
Holliday claimed the all-around title for the Bull Dogs by compiling wins on the vault (9.300), uneven bars (9.325) and balance beam (9.350) to pile up 36.925 points overall.
Holliday’s showing, along with other strong performances by her teammates, led Columbus North to the sectional team championship. North had 109.750 to beat out runner-up Bloomington South, which finished at 105.450.
Columbus East (104.925), Franklin Central (103.500), Roncalli (101.700), Owen Valley (98.025), Bloomington North (98.575), Seymour (94.450), Martinsville (73.475), Cathedral (69.250) and Jeffersonville (46.775) rounded out the field.
Although Holliday is only a freshman, she has dominated competitions all season, and Friday night was no different.
However, other freshmen gave her quite a challenge. Columbus East’s Becca Bryan finished second in the all-around competition with 36.525 points by taking third place in vault (9.200), second on the beam (9.250) and fourth on floor exercise (9.425).
Franklin Central freshman Khloe Dykes was third with 35.475 points in the all-around.
Columbus North, though, placed first in every event on the way to the title.
While Holliday won three of the events, North senior Megan Heathcote finished first on the floor exercise (9.500).
North also got a big boost from sophomore Katrina May, who finished second on vault (9.250), bars (9.250) and the beam (9.250). She sat out the floor exercise so she didn’t place in the all-around.
The Columbus East Regional is set for 7 p.m. Friday.