The Columbus North gymnasts had a lot of reasons to celebrate Wednesday night.
First, it was senior night. The Bull Dogs honored their three seniors, including Emma Geilker, who was seriously injured in a car accident while on her way to catch the bus for the team’s trip to Connersville 12 days ago.
Second, North could celebrate its new co-No. 2 state ranking. The Bull Dogs are tied with Fort Wayne Dwenger behind only Portage in this week’s poll.
Lastly, North put together a performance to celebrate. The Bull Dogs scored a season-best 111.45 to easily outscore Owen Valley (101.575) and Jeffersonville (92.775).
“I’m really proud of all these girls,” said senior Chelsea Wieland, who won the all-around competition with a 37.125. “It’s especially nice since it’s my last home meet. I think this is a great meet to end with for the regular season, and I think it will give us a lot of excitement going into sectional and a lot of positive thoughts. It’s just nice knowing that we’re capable of this.”
Wieland won the beam (9.3) and floor (9.575). North’s other senior to compete, Danielle McDermott, won the vault (9.45) and bars (9.55) and finished fourth in the all-around with a 36.4.
“We could have done better on some stuff, but overall, this was our best meet so far, and I’m happy that it is because this is our last home meet,” McDermott said. “It’s really exciting. Emma is a big part of our team, and she couldn’t compete with us, but we’re so happy that she could still be here and support us.”
The Bull Dogs claimed five of the top six spots in the all-around. Freshman Katrina May finished second (37.075), while Megan Heathcote took fifth (36.1) and Kaitlyn Barnes was sixth (34.2).
“We had a really good night,” Columbus North coach Sandy Freshour said. “We put a lot of things together. We had a lot of girls just do great, so we’re moving in the right direction. We are doing the things we need to do, and the girls are gaining confidence. They looked a lot more confident tonight.”
North’s team total was the fourth-highest in the state this season.
“We’re pretty excited about that,” Freshour said. “When you are above 110, you can hope for legitimate contention for the medals, if not for champion or runner-up. I think we have the potential to be in the (top) four, and we’re going to work hard to be there. That’s our goal.”