It was quite a year for the North Royalton Gymnastics team. Individual and team records were broken, set, re-broken and set again and new school records were established. To top it off, the Lady Bears placed third at the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championship meet at Hilliard Bradley High School on March first and second.
In the team competition, held on Friday, March 1st, Brecksville-Broadview Heights finished in first place with 147.650, Thornville Sheridan with 146.225 finished second, North Royalton was third with 143.300, Mentor was fourth (141.55) and Hudson finished fifth.
North Royalton Gymnastics coach Jessica Kaiser said, “It was the highest finish ever for a North Royalto Gymnastics team at a stat championship meet. The girls also broke the school record for team score in state competition, beating the record set by last year’s team.” (140.625)
In addition to the North Royalton team, as a whole, breaking school records, Sophomore Mya Costello re-established two school records that she set. Mya broke her own school vault record (9.5 – set last year) with a new personal best of 9.675. Earlier this season, Mya broke the NRHS all-around record by scoring 37.3. On the first day of the meet, Mya broke her own school record by scoring a 37.45. She also had a personal best bar score with a 9.2.
There were several other Lady Bear gymnasts who set new personal records during the team competition. Freshmen Molly Benefiel had her personal best beam score with a 9.2 and freshmen Abbey Cigoi had her personal best vault score. Sophomore Emily Shuck tied her personal best vault score, had her best score on bars (8.675) and also in the all-around (34.00).
There were four other gymnasts who competed for the Lady Bears at the State meet, Juniors Peyton Schrader and Avery Keller, and Sophomores Julia Falcioni and Hannah Haffner.
On Saturday, March 2nd, it was a day for two Lady Bears gymnasts to shine. Both Avery Keller and Mya Costello competed in the Individual State Tournament. Both gymnasts were named members of the All-Ohio team for the second year in a row for their performance on Day Two.
In her specialty, the uneven bars, Keller finished third in the Individual competition with a new personal best score of 9.375. In the All-Around, Avery finished in a tie for 12th and established a new personal best score of 36.225.
Mya Costello, the Suburban League Gymnast of the Year for the second year in a row, made it to the podium in three different events in the Individual competition. Mya finished fifth in the vault, fourth in the floor exercise and fourth in the All-Around.
By finishing in the Top Six in any event, both Avery and Mya earned the All-Ohio award.
After the State meet was over, Coach Kaiser said, “It was a fantastic season for the Lady Bears and has been the best season in school history; and, the good news, for NRHS Gymnastics. There are zero seniors on this year’s team.”
Coach Kaiser is looking for a bigger and better season next year. And so are we……