Level 5 state championships is now complete. Olivia N. and Mia B. competed this weekend. Their sessions were on different days being that they are in different age groups. Both of our level 5 gymnasts competed well, and we are very proud of all of our level 5s this year. It was a great way to start off the competitive history of The Cave. All of the level 5 gymnasts that competed qualified to state championships.
Judging at state championships is generally a little more stringent than at invitational level meets. This is to help differentiate the tighter field of gymnasts. This can be tough on our younger gymnasts as they don’t understand when the perform a better routine and get scored lower, but it is the nature of the sport and something they must learn.
Olivia N. started out on floor. She completed her routine with no major errors for a score of 8.75. Her highlight was bars with a score of 8.375 (note paragraph above about more stringent judging). This 8.375 was sufficient for a 3rd place on bars. We are now home of a 3rd place state champion on bars. Olivia’s all around score was 33.525 which was almost her best all around of the season. Scaling for the judging at states this was her best meet of the season. Good time to do well.
Mia B. started on beam (previously blogged pros and cons to this) and scored an 8.375. Her high score was an 8.9 on vault. Mia has been consistently vaulting well for the past month. Her final all around score was 34.3. Another solid score. She kept a pretty consistent 7th place on most events.
We have one more meet this year with Anna B. competing at level 4 state championships next weekend. The focus in the gym will shift from routine perfection to skill development and improvement. While we are always working on new skills, it will be nice to be able to spend more time playing with new things. Unfortunately for the girls this is also time for conditioning to step up to prepare for next season.