Level 3 team
Our first gymnastics meet of the season is complete and the girls represented The Cave well! Warm up started at 8am, so this required early wake up times to get everyone up to Rohnert Park for the meet. The meet began with our Level 3s, starting on vault, which put them in official Olympic order (vault, bars, beam, floor). With an average score of around 9.0 on vault, their performances were fantastic! Lilly M. placed 2nd on vault and Sidney L. finished 3rd. Next up was bars, a difficult event for which many of the girls were still unable to do some of the required skills just a few short weeks ago. Despite a few missed skills, the girls had their best day on bars to date! Isabelle N. had our best performance with an 8.85. Beam was next. Out of 5 girls, there was only a single missed skill on beam. This led to more podium finishes with Sidney L. in 2nd and Jasmine L. in 3rd. Our final event was floor. The girls again performed well with Charlotte D. finishing in 3rd with an 8.65. In the end, our Level 3s had a 2nd place team finish. Quite an accomplishment for this crew that is very new to competition. We are excited to see their progress through the season.
Our optional girls (Level 6+) had their competition next. We had originally scheduled 3 girls to compete, but with Mia B. being out due to injury and Olivia N. waking up with a fever and needing to withdraw, this left our lone competitor Loren S. to carry The Cave name. This was Lauren’s first meet as an optional gymnast and though she was very nervous, she performed very well scoring 34.575 all around, which is enough to qualify to state championships! Not bad for her first meet of her first season as an optional gymnast.
The third and final group was our Levels 4s and 5s. Annesley K., Meghan R., and Lilah P. all arrived around the same time. Meghan told me she woke up with a fever as well and wasn’t feeling great. She chose to give it a go and warmed up with the team. This group also started on beam. We had 3 good routines with Meghan scoring an 8.6. Our next event was floor. Warm up went well, but after a few tumbling passes Meghan told me she really wasn’t feeling well and didn’t think she should continue. I concurred and we had her scratch the remaining events. Lilah and Annesley carried on, with Annesley ultimately placing 4th on floor with an 8.4.
Most people are familiar with the 10.0 gymnastics scale which historically has been the method for scoring. At the elite level the “perfect 10″ has been eliminated, introducing an open ended code of points. This is why you will see scores like 15.5, 16.3 and the like at elite level competitions. The Junior Olympic program, that our competitors are involved in, is still based on a 10 point scale. So the highest potential score for the girls is a 10. However, the judging at these events is quite rigorous. Often first place on an event will be in the 9.3 to 9.4 range. Hopefully, this gives you perspective on how well our girls performed.