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SEYMOUR — Columbus North and Seymour posted season-high scores in Tuesday’s gymnastics meet at Gymnastics Lane in Seymour.

After the scores were tallied, Columbus North won the meet 107.65-103.075.

“I really liked that we started out on our first three events and got a 27 for three events in a row,” North coach Sandy Freshour said. “That was good, and that’s a goal of ours — to score 27 on every event. It’s our highest team score of the year, so that was good.”

Katrina May won the beam (8.6) and placed third in the other three events to post an all-around score of 36.225, giving her second place. Seymour’s Kelly Deppen won the all-around with 36.575.

“We had girls hit some high individual scores, and we stuck three beam routines. We added some new difficulty on beam, so that kind of did some things,” Freshour said. “We had a much better mindset in an away meet. I felt like our mindset could have been a little better at the Bloomington South meet that we had, which was our first away meet. But we did a lot better in a lot of areas.”

Other winners for North were Danielle McDermott on the bars (9.4) and Chelsea Wieland on the floor (9.4).

Freshour also was happy with her junior varsity team. Nikki Smith won the all-around with a 28.225, and Tristan Gregg was second with a 26.85.

“Our JV did great,” she said. “They get left out of the mix a lot of times, and all those girls did a good job. We had two JV all-arounders that did just super.”

Seymour’s Deppen has won all-around in all of the meets she has competed in this season. She won the vault (9.5) and floor (9.4) and placed second on the bars (9.25) and fourth on the beam (8.425).

“In high school, it’s difficult to be as strong as she is on every single event,” Seymour coach Angie Mellencamp said of Deppen. “Kelly does not have a single bad event. She loves bars, and she’ll flat-out tell you, ‘Bars is my home.’ But her vault is huge, her floor is strong, her beam is huge ... Kelly just has it all.”

Freshour said it’s good to compete against someone like Deppen.

“Kelly Deppen is a fun person to compete against because she sets the bar really high,” Freshour said. “I like that (the North girls) have competition and something to look toward.”

North is now 4-0 in dual meets this season going into Thursday’s home meet with Martinsville.

“We’ll see if we can get even better still,” Freshour said. “We’re having a great year. I love the way the girls are gelling and supporting each other. It’s a good group to work with.”


North steamrolls Southport

SOUTHPORT — Sixth-ranked Columbus North won all 11 contested events in rolling to a 129-40 win at Southport.

Cody Taylor won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 49.38 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.63), Sam Loescher took the 50 freestyle (22.28) and 500 freestyle (4:57.14) and Zach Ziegler captured the 100 butterfly (1:00.44) and 100 backstroke (1:02.74) to lead the Bull Frogs. Raleigh Caldwell won the 200 individual medley (2:20.56), and Sam Parker took the 100 freestyle (51.24).

North split its 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, and its “B” teams won both, going 1:56.43 in the 200 medley relay and 1:41.43 in the 200 freestyle relay. The Bull Frogs’ “A” team won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:49.42.

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