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Freshman’s sweep lifts Olympians


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Seena Greiwe competes in the uneven bars portion of competition during Columbus East gymnastic's meet against Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Columbus East High School.
Seena Greiwe competes in the uneven bars portion of competition during Columbus East gymnastic's meet against Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Columbus East High School.

Seena Greiwe competes in the beam portion of competition during Columbus East gymnastic's meet against Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Columbus East High School.
Seena Greiwe competes in the beam portion of competition during Columbus East gymnastic's meet against Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Columbus East High School.

Jayce Jaggers competes in the beam portion of competition during Columbus East gymnastic's meet against Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Columbus East High School.
Jayce Jaggers competes in the beam portion of competition during Columbus East gymnastic's meet against Bloomington North on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Columbus East High School.


With her first clean sweep of her high school career, Becca Bryan helped propel the Columbus East gymnastics team to a 106.35-100.7 victory Tuesday night against visiting Bloomington North.

Bryan captured blue ribbons in all four events and capped off the evening by claiming the all-around crown with a score of 37.1.

East teammates Jaycie Jaggers and Seena Greiwe garnered the runner-up and fourth all-round spots, respectively, while Samantha Rose and Olivia Frownfelter also turned in what their coach called “much-improved” performances.

The Olympians struggled in a close win last week but bounced back in strong fashion against the Cougars, who were paced by Paulita Lara.

“They did a good job tonight,” East coach Nancy Kirshman said. “We had a few falls and errors, but we added a few more things and really stepped up.”

The Olympians got things rolling in the vault, where Bryan anchored her squad and finished with a 9.1, solidly ahead of runner-up Abbey Barker’s 8.8 and Rose’s 8.7. Bryan followed with a top score of 8.95 on the bars before ripping off a 9.5 on the beam and a 9.55 on the floor.

“That’s the first time I’ve won all four events,” said Bryan, who was followed by Jaggers in each of the final three events. “I was happy with how I did and really happy with how our entire team did.”

Bryan’s showing on the beam was perhaps the highlight of the evening, displaying a higher level of difficult skills to win by almost a full point over Jaggers, who turned in an 8.75.

Bryan closed out the evening by going fourth in order on the floor and had to wait for Jaggers, who recorded a 9.1, before realizing she swept the meet.

The Cougars’ Lara had already set the stage by registering a 9.0.

“This is hopefully another step to getting better and ready for the (postseason) tournament,” Kirshman said. “I look at these meets really as practices with a goal of improving each time out. We will continue to add to our routines and be ready.”

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