It was easy to see that the Columbus East gymnastics team had just put together its best performance of the season.
Sure, the 106.5-98.8 victory against visiting Bloomington South told the story as well. But the Olympians’ fine outing was plastered all over the faces of their gymnasts, who were beaming.
Columbus East freshman Becca Bryan stayed focused throughout the meet and never let the pressure get to her. Her best all-around performance of the season ended with an overall score of 37.3. Bryan was a big reason East was able to pull away.
“It felt really good knowing that I gave it my all out there,” Bryan said of her performance. “You cannot be afraid of taking chances, especially on the uneven bars. I stayed calm, and I had a lot of confidence in myself. And I always have fun.”
East coach Nancy Kirshman said she could see a big effort coming.
“We talked about improving and taking some extra steps since our close loss to Connersville last week,” Kirshman said. “We worked extremely hard in practice, and it paid off.
“We had a poster board in the locker room saying, ‘Who is going to step up?’ Well, each and every one of them did, and they were outstanding tonight.”
Bryan led the way.
“Becca had a wonderful night tonight,” Kirshman said. “She deserved every 10th of a point she got. I knew she had the potential to put up a great score on the beam. Having a score of 9.7 of the floor (exercise) is just amazing, and we can still add more to it.”
Bryan took first place in the vault at 9.15. Bryan also took home first place in the balance beam and floor exercise with scores of 9.55 and 9.7, respectively. She finished second in the uneven bars with a score of 8.9. Lauren Bennett of Bloomington South won that event with a 9.05.
Jaycie Jaggers of East finished second in the floor exercise with 9.0 points. She came in third place in the balance beam with 8.9 points. She tied for third place in the uneven bars, along with Olympians teammate Seena Greiwe, with 8.5 points. Greiwe also finished fourth in the vault with 8.5 points.
Sam Rose of East finished third in the floor exercise with a score of 8.8. She also placed fourth in balance beam with 8.35 points. Olivia Frownfelter of the Olympians placed fourth in the floor exercise with
Kirshman still noted that there is a room for improvement, such as the Olympians’ floor exercise.
“We took a couple of extra steps in our landing,” Kirshman said.
“If we limit little things like those in the routine, we can definitely bump up our scores by a few 10ths of a point.”