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Prep Gymnastics: Winterfest Invitational

BALANCE KEY REASON

FOR INDIANS’ SUCCESS

BY JUSTIN RICE

Stafford’s gymnastics team won, and the Indians did it in their usual style.

Without a single event winner, Stafford took the team title yesterday in the Blue Division at Colonial Forge’s Winterfest Invitational.

The Indians are the first local team to win the upper Blue Division since they did it in 2006.

“I was really surprised,” Stafford’s Sammy Krejdovsky said. “I knew there are a lot of good teams here. I figured we stood a chance, but I was really surprised.”

Brooke Point was first in the Green Division for the second straight year, behind repeat division all-around champion Dylana Wilhelm.

Depth is Stafford’s strength—typically for the Indians’ teams, there isn’t one gymnast posting huge scores. Instead the Indians have a flood of consistent performers.

Great Bridge’s Courtney Adams won the all-around title in the Blue Division. Stafford’s Ashley Hinton was second.

The Indians had four scores above 9.0 on beam—despite taking two falls—and four scores above 9.0 on the floor.

That kind of consistency was enough to edge Hickory by almost half a point.

“There’s nobody that’s better than anybody else, so we’re all just cheering each other on,” said Hinton, who was fourth on bars and second on floor with a 9.65. “It’s not going to be just one person that wins it.”

But that depth is nothing new. This is the fourth time in 18 Winterfests that a team has won the Blue Division without taking any individual event titles. All four times it’s been Stafford pulling off the feat.

“That’s what we’re known for—being consistent,” Stafford coach Shawn Thurston said. “Our girls are hard workers, and they are starting to prove it now.

“It’s a nice confidence booster. They don’t know where they stand sometimes. It was nice for them to come in and enjoy themselves and actually come out with the win.”

Hinton actually had the all-around title in reach. Adams had a small lead with both girls down to just the vault.

But the Great Bridge standout nailed a meet-best 9.625 pass, putting the all-around out of reach for Hinton’s lower start value.

Stafford’s girls gathered for the awards ceremony, unaware that they had won the team title. There was a near-uniform look of surprise when they heard their school announced.

“That’s what’s most important to us,” Krejdovsky said. “It’s good to do well individually, but to us, team is No. 1.”

Wilhelm and North Stafford’s Michaela Connally finished less than a sixth of a point apart for the Green Division all-around title.

Wilhelm won the vault and bars, while Connally took the beam and floor.

    BLUE DIVISION

    Teams: 1. Stafford 108.6; 2. Hickory 108.35; 3. Great Bridge 108.275; 4. Mills Godwin 106.05; 5. Salem 104.4; 6. Colonial Forge 103.075; 7. Hanover 96.5.

    Vault: 1. Courtney Adams (GB) 9.625; 2. Megan Love (MG); 3. Haley Cole (Hi) 9.475; 4. Ashley Elston (CF) 9.35; 5. Kourtney Burgsteiner (Hi) 9.3; 6. Blair Williams (Hi) 9.25.

    Bars: 1. Adams (GB) 9.7; 2. Love (MG) 9.375; 3. Alexa Cohen (MG) 9.3; 4. Ashley Hinton (St) 9.225; t–5. Ashley Lee (B) 9.025; t–5. Elston (CF) 9.025.

    Beam: 1. Burgsteiner (Hi) 9.725; 2. Jenine Hutt (Sa) 9.375; 3. Jessica Riley (St) 9.275; t–4. Lee (GB) 9.175; t–4. Williams (Hi) 9.175; 6. Emily George (St) 9.075.

    Floor: Adams (GB) 9.75; 2. Hinton (St) 9.65; t–3. Elston (CF) 9.6; t–3. Cole (Hi) 9.6; 5. Emily Maynard (MG) 9.575; 6. Hutt (Sa) 9.475.

    All-around: 1. Adams (GB) 37.6; 2. Hinton (St) 36.9; 3. Lee (GB) 36.6; 4. Elston (CF) 36.550; 5. Cole (Hi) 36.225; 6. Brynne Reeves (St) 35.8.

    GREEN DIVISION

    Teams: 1. Brooke Point 98.525; 2. Osbourn Park 97.6; 3. Mountain View 97.375; 4. North Stafford 92.525; 5. Potomac Falls 84; 6. Park View 73.175.

    Vault: 1. Dylana Wilhelm (BP) 9.275; 2. Taylor Rozzi (OP) 9.225; t–3. Michaela Connally (NS) 8.9; t–3. Dee Knox (OP) 8.9; 5. Olivia Schnetzler (OP) 8.65; 6. Naomi Cassell (MV) 8.575.

    Bars: 1. Wilhelm (BP) 8.975; 2. Ariel Ellixson (MV) 8.925; 3. Connally (NS) 8.825; 4. Abbey Tsao (PF) 8.5; 5. Cassell (MV) 7.95; 6. Schnetzler (OP) 7.825.

    Beam: 1. Connally (NS) 9.425; 2. Wilhelm (BP) 9.4; 3. Rozzi (OP) 8.85; 4. Schnetzler (OP) 8.6; 5. Ellixson (MV) 7.6; 6. Tsao (PF) 8.45.

    Floor: 1. Connally (NS) 9.625; 2. Wilhelm (BP) 9.275; 3. Schnetzler (OP) 9.025; 4. Ellixson (MV) 8.9; 5. Knox (OP) 8.825; 6. Tsao (PF) 8.8.

    All-around: 1. Wilhelm (BP) 36.925; 2. Connally (NS) 36.775; 3. Ellixson (MV) 34.7; 4. Tsao (PF) 34.125; 5. Schnetzler (OP) 34.1; 6. Rozzi (OP) 34.05.

Justin Rice: 540/368-5045

jrice@freelancestar.com

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