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Freshman’s sweep lifts Olympians

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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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