On Saturday February 23rd, the NRHS Gymnastics Team competed in the Northeast Ohio District Tournament. The Lady Bears took 2nd place to the reigning state champs, Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Coach Jessica Kaiser thinks this may be the first time in school history that NRHS has defeated Mentor and Magnificat. The top 5 teams are advancing to the State Tournament on Friday March 1st at 3:30 PM with introductions and 4:00 PM with the start of competition and on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:30 AM with introductions and 12:00 PM with start of competition at Hilliard Bradley. Advancing are: Brecksville-Broadview Heights (146.275), North Royalton (140.775), Mentor (140.4), Chardon (139.925) and Hudson (139.85).
Junior Avery Keller and Sophomore Mya Costello are also advancing as individuals and will compete on Saturday March 2nd. They were both named members of the All-District Team. Avery took 3rd on bars with a personal best (9.35) and 4th on floor with another personal best (9.375). Avery will advance on those two events, as well as in the all-around. She narrowly missed qualifying for vault, as there was a 3-way tie for 15th place. The tie unfortunately was not broken in her favor and she ended up in 17th place (top 16 advance). Mya took 7th on vault, 14th on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 3rd all-around. She therefore is advancing on all 4 events, as well as in the all-around.
Due to a nagging injury, freshman Molly Benefiel was unable to compete vault, and therefore could not advance on vault or in the all-around. However, she still helped lead the Bears and was a critical contributor to their 2nd place finish. Molly competed on the other 3 events. She missed qualifying to States on floor by a mere .075 and missed beam by a mere .05!
Sophomore Emily Shuck had her personal best vault and landed a tsuk in competition for the first time. Emily also had a personal best on floor with a 8.625.
Sophomore Hannah Haffner was another critical ingredient to the Bear’s 2nd place finish. Her steady scores on floor and vault added value to the team score.
Rounding out the District line-up was Junior Peyton Schrader, who competed all-around, as well as freshman Abbey Cigoi who competed on vault.