35th Annual Girls State Gymnastics State Tournament Preview

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Brecksville-Broadview Heights is aiming for fifth straight title
The state gymnastics meet will be held this weekend at Hilliard Darby High School. The team competition will be held Friday, while the individual competition is Saturday. While Brecksville-Broadview Heights has won four consecutive team titles and Rocky River Magnificat is a strong contender, the Southwest District will be well-represented.



The state gymnastics meet will be held this weekend at Hilliard Darby High School.

The team competition will be held Friday, while the individual competition is Saturday.

While Brecksville-Broadview Heights has won four consecutive team titles and Rocky River Magnificat is a strong contender, the Southwest District will be well-represented.

Liberty Township Lakota East won its second consecutive district title at Centerville last weekend.

The Thunderhawks, which edged Clayton Northmont 135.55 to 135.25 in last weekend's district, were ninth at state last season.

Lakota East coach Margi Sammons said she was impressed with her team's performance at the district meet.

“They showed that they can compete under pressure when it counts,” Sammons said. “The team competed consistently and confidently. We started out as the first team up in the competition on beam and all six girls nailed their routines. That gave us confidence and momentum to hit our routines all day long.”

Lakota East had five individuals to the all-district team including Abbey Cramer, Jessica Derickson, Meghan Jones, Megan Duthie and Codie Owens.

Sammons said she liked the effort her entire team gave this season.

“They worked so hard all season long for this (district) title,” Sammons said. “I am really proud of each of them.”

Northmont also qualified as a team and had two qualifiers in individual events. Jeannie Borda (beam) took sixth and Casey Robinson (floor) was third.

Northmont coach Steve Heinrichs told the Dayton Daily News that his squad came through when it counted.

“We don't have the real standout individual, but we've got a very deep team with girls who post some very consistent scores,” Heinrichs told the newspaper.

Fairfield's Trisha Gordon won two individual events – in the vault and all-around competitions.

Beavercreek's Kelsey Zimmerman won the floor exercise and took second in the vault.

Chaminade-Julienne and Centerville also had individual state qualifiers.

 

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