When Columbus North freshman gymnast Ashley Holliday hurt her ankle early in the Conference Indiana meet, she knew it would make the day more challenging.
Yet Holliday didn’t let the injury slow her down as she placed first in the all-around while helping No. 3 Columbus North win their second straight Conference Indiana title.
Columbus North scored 108.525 points to hold off Franklin Central, who placed second (101.175). Bloomington South was third with 98.975 points and Bloomington North was fourth with 94.45.
“Ashley tweaked her ankle landing wrong off vault,” North coach Sandy Freshour said. “She had to get taped up, which is something she’s never competed with. She didn’t know what to expect.”
Holliday finished first in vault and the uneven parallel bars on her way to her first all-conference honor.
“I’m happy with my performance overall,” Holliday said. “I could’ve been stronger in beam but I set a personal high on bars so I’m proud of what I did today. I didn’t know what to expect after hurting my ankle, but it didn’t bother me. I’m feeling fine.”
Holliday’s scare worried Freshour, who was already missing sophomore Katrina May from two events due to injuries.
Despite the injuries, May placed first in balance beam to also earn all-conference honors for the Bull Dogs.
“I’m so happy that Katrina was able to make all-conference because of her win in beam,” Freshour said. “She’s hurt, so she couldn’t compete in floor or vault so she was disappointed.”
Joining Holliday and May as all-conference members were junior Kaitlyn Barnes and senior Megan Heathcote, who was second in the all-around.
“Kaityln did a great job setting the tone for us today,” Freshour said. “With Katrina (May) injured, Kaitlyn has had pressure on her. Megan was very consistent today and had a one of her better overall meets. We’re proud of both of them.”
Barnes, who was fourth in the all-around, was proud of the effort of the entire team.
“I struggled in bars today but I’m proud of my other three events,” Barnes said. “I’m happy I made all-
conference and that we won conference today as a team.”
Heathcote captured second in the all-around, with strong performances in all areas, scoring second place on vault and floor and third place in beam and uneven bars.
“I feel I’ve been more consistent at meets recently,” Heathcote said. “I think we’re performing strong as a team as sectionals approach.”
While focused on winning the conference title, Freshour viewed the meet as an opportunity to prepare her team for sectional competition.
“Ashley threw in a couple new skills today,” Freshour said. “She had a lot of pressure on her going into the meet, but we wanted to get those skills ready for tournament. The entire team used this to work on something they needed to improve on to get ready.
“This is such a great group of girls. They make coaching easy. We’re so proud of what the accomplished today.”