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Bull Dogs roll to win in first away meet at Bloomington South

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Columbus North's Kaitlyn Barnes performs her floor exercise Wednesday at Bloomington South.
Columbus North's Kaitlyn Barnes performs her floor exercise Wednesday at Bloomington South. PHOTO BY TOMMY WALKER

BLOOMINGTON — The Columbus North gymnastics squad put together another strong performance at its first away meet of the season Wednesday against Bloomington South, topping the Panthers 105.9 to 98.925.

Head coach Sandy Freshour said it is always a shock factor for the younger girls, performing on different equipment in an unusual setting for the first time.

However, the Bull Dogs were not fazed, taking first in every event and rolling to a win.

“We did a lot of things well tonight,” Freshour said. “Because of our young team, I knew it would be difficult to come into our first away meet because they are not used to the gym or equipment. We would have liked to score a little higher, but I was pleased with the outcome.”

North freshman Katrina May continues to come up big for the Bull Dogs, and did not seem fazed by her first meet on the road, taking first in the all-around with a score of 35.725.

North’s Megan Heathcote placed second in the all-around with a score of 34.35, while Danielle McDermott finished third at 34.2 and Chelsea Weiland at fourth with a score of 32.675.

“Chelsea (Weiland), Danielle (McDermott) and Emma (Geilker) did a great job of moving everybody through and keeping the team’s confidence up and displaying great senior leadership tonight,” Freshour said.

Geilker took fifth in the all-around with a score of 32.275.

McDermott said she was pleased with the team’s performance, as they continue to improve each meet.

“This is the first meet that we have all somewhat hit beam,” McDermott said. “We have really improved on that event and stayed on a lot better tonight than we have been so far this season.”

McDermott said the biggest thing for her team to focus on heading deeper into the season will be keeping its confidence up.

“We are progressing well, we just need to continue to improve,” McDermott said. “We need to work on staying positive, it is easy to get discouraged in this sport but there is always something to look ahead to and get prepared for.”

McDermott is fighting through a hip flexor injury that she suffered in the East meet, however she continued to perform strongly for the team, taking second on uneven bars, second on beam and third in the all-around.

North’s Nikki Smith was the lone all-around performer for junior varsity, scoring a 28.625 for the Bull Dogs.

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