Grand County Gymnastics Team finishes regular season with a flourish
July 16, 2008
Top-place finishes were earned by the young gymnasts of the Grand County Gymnastics Team in their final regular season meet held at Silverthorne on June 27-28.
“Our girls did great,” said coach Jenny Krieg. “It was a big meet and a very competitive one. By the end of it, every single one of our 25 gymnasts have now qualified for the regional tournament in either all-around or individual events.”
During the two-day meet in Silverthorne, two of the team’s gymnasts won all-around first places in their ability/age groups.
Brianne Eatough was one of them, winning an all-around in the very competitive Optional 1 category for ages 11-12. She won the floor exercise, placed third in uneven parallel bars and took fourth places in vault and balance beam.
“Brianne is really coming on strong right now,” Krieg said.
The other all-around first place was won by 10-year-old Olivia Butrymovich in the Optional 2 category for ages 7-12. She earned runner-up spots in vault and beam, placed sixth in floor exercise and took a seventh place in bars.
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Butrymovich’s scores in the four events were so high that she has now moved up to the even more competitive Optional 3 category, which is an open age group. She will be joining her 9-year-old teammate Peyton Bodemann, who earned an all-around 11th place for the first time in that category at the Silverthorne meet. Bodemann did exceptionally well against tough competition, earning a fourth place in uneven parallel bars and a sixth in the floor exercise.
An all-around third place was taken by Mary Acord in the Optional 2 category for ages 7-12. She had an outstanding routine in the uneven parallel bars that won her first place with a score of 7.9.
Also earning a all-around third place in the same category was Jenna Curran, who posted two winning performances. In the vault, she won first place with a score of 8.45 while in the balance beam she picked up a second victory with a score of 8.3.
Ashley Matney rounded out the team’s Optional 2 results with an all-around seventh-place finish, including a third place in the floor exercise with a score of 8.1.
Another all-around seventh place was taken by Josie Quinn in the Optional 1 competition for ages 11-12 with sixth places in beam and floor exercise.
Competing in the same category, Erin Coatney took an all-around ninth place, including a third place in the vault.
More good results were earned by the team’s gymnasts in the Compulsory categories.
One of the best was earned by Talise Hansen in Compulsory 4 for ages 11-12 where she scored an all-around second-place finish with a first place in beam, second places in vault and bars, and a seventh in floor exercise.
“Talise continues to raise her all-around scores with every meet,” Krieg said. “She earned an incredible score of 9.2 in the vault.”
Haley Weimer won the vault with an outstanding score of 9.1 in the Compulsory 4 for 8-year-olds.
Competing in Compulsory 4 for seven-year-olds, Erica Weimer took the runner-up spot in the vault.
Kandace Conroy performed an excellent floor exercise routine to take third place in the Compulsory 5 competition for ages 11-12.
The rest of the results earned by Grand County team members at the Silverthorne meet include: Katrina Quinn, C-5 for ages 9-10, fourth in uneven parallel bars; Jaide Smith, C-5 for ages 9-10, fifth in floor exercise; Mackenzee McRoy, C-4 for 10-year-olds, fifth places in vault and floor exercise; Kierra Barr, C-4 for seven-year-olds, fifth place in vault and sixth place in bars; Delaney Howard, C-4 for nine-year-olds, sixth places in vault and beam; Reilley Weimer, C-4 for 10-year-olds, sixth place in beam; Hannah Bray, C-5 for ages 9-10, ninth in beam; Darby Howard, C-4 for 7-year-olds, ninth in beam; Erin Acord, C-4 for nine-year-olds, 10th in bars; and Madison Dicicco, C-4 for 8-year-olds, 10th in floor exercise.
Having now completed their final regular season meet, the local gymnasts are preparing for the regional championships that will be held at Overland High School in Aurora on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19. Those placing in the top six will advance to the state championships on July 25-26 at that same location.
“It will be tough getting to state, but we should have quite a few state qualifiers,” Krieg said. “All of our girls have to be sharp and on their toes at the regionals. They are a great group of gymnasts who have worked so hard this season.”
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