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Olympians heading to sectional with momentum, win under their belts

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With another strong performance, the No. 10-ranked Columbus East gymnastics team is heading into sectional on a high note.

The Olympians put together a pair of victories Saturday against Roncalli (105.25-95.15) and Seymour (105.25-93.45).

East freshman Becca Bryan had the best all-around score with a 36.4. She took first place in all four events as well. She scored an 8.8 on the vault, 9.35 on the balance beam, 8.8 on the uneven bars and a 9.45 on the floor exercise.

East coach Nancy Kirshman said that Bryan had an excellent day but has the potential to score even higher, especially on the floor exercise.

“She is adding into her routine a front handspring with a full twist in the middle,” Kirshman said. “She struggled with that move this week. She doesn’t put enough into the twist, and it’s mainly about foot placement. Once we polish it, and she performs it well, she will put up a fantastic score.”

East continues to march toward higher levels.

“Overall, I was pleased with the team effort today,” Kirshman said. “We had a couple of hiccups in some of the routines, but we will get things more smoothed out this week.”

Seymour is having a bit more trouble getting things polished.

“I think our girls did OK today, especially when we changed and added more skillful stuff to some of our routines on Thursday,” Seymour coach Angie Mellencamp said.

“We had a lot of falls today on the floor and on the bars. We are just not hitting 100 percent out there.”

Seymour’s Alyssa Goen finished third in the all-around against East with a 34.2.

“I think we have to maintain a level of consistency, especially on the beam, if we want to perform well,” Mellencamp said.

Roncalli coach Laurie Gridley said her squad was short-handed.

“I think we had a very solid meet knowing we were without two of our top three gymnasts,” Gridley said.

Roncalli’s Anne Marie Lawrie and Emma Wrege were scratched from Saturday’s meet due to minor injuries. Gridley said they should be ready for the sectionals, which begins Friday.

“Anna Marie will be ready to go, and Emma, hopefully, we will have her on bars,” Gridley said.

East also was not at full strength because senior Kaylee Barger tweaked her right knee in warm-ups on the vault. Kirshman decided to have her sit out the meet.

“She will be fine for sectional,” Kirshman said. “I know this was her senior day and she probably could have given it a go, but ultimately our main goal is her being there at sectional.”

“My knee is just fine, and I’ll be ready by Friday,” Barger said. “I’m glad my teammates stepped up and performed well in my absence.”

East’s Jaycie Jaggers finished second in the all-around (34.8) in both dual meets, Seena Greiwe finished third in the all-around against Roncalli and fourth against Seymour (34.05)

Roncalli’s Lauren Lahey finished fourth in the all-around against  East (33.65).

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