The North Royalton Gymnastics team continued their streak of Top 10 finishes in the State Gymnastics meet. The Lady Bears scored a 142.625 and took 4th place in the state. North Royalton finished behind Brecksville, Brunswick and Thomas Sheridan in the competition for the State Gymnastics Championship. In 2018, North Royalton finished 6th. Last year, North Royalton finished third.
It was, by far, the best team performance of the year for the North Royalton Gymnastics team.
Competitors included: seniors, Avery Keller, Peyton Schrader and Bella Zimmerman; juniors, Mya Costello, Hannah Haffner, Emily Shuck and Julia Falcioni; and sophomores, Molly Benefiel and Abbey Cigoi.
On individual day, both Avery Keller and Mya Costello were named members of the All-State Team for the 3rd year in a row. Avery had a top 10 finish on vault, with her personal best, 9.4. Mya tied for 5th on the balance beam with a 9.325.
Gymnastics Coach Jessica Kaiser was more than pleased with the effort by the girls.
“I am very proud of the team this year. This season has not been an easy one. We have had injuries, old and new, that limited the girls. However, these athletes rose to every occasion and fought hard to earn the right to compete in the state tournament for the 3rd year in a row. Once we were down at states, they put on some of the best performances this season. We couldn’t have asked for a better day or a better way to end the season.”
Coach Kaiser had high praise for two Lady Bears’ gymnasts who qualified for individual events at the State Meet held at Hilliard Bradley High School.
“Avery Keller had a tremendous weekend, and ended her gymnastics career on a high note. She nailed her vault, stuck landing and all, and scored her career best. That vault secured her spot on the All-State Team. We were all very emotional. We will miss Avery deeply next season.”
“Mya Costello had the comeback of her career on Saturday. After battling injuries all season, she hit a beam routine and tied for 5th in the state. She showed what an amazing competitor she truly is. She fought so hard this season, and her hard work paid off. We can’t wait to see what her senior season has in store for her next year!”
Avery will continue in the gymnastics realm next year. “I thought about it (college gymnastics) for a while,” said Avery. “But I heard about a new sport called Acrobatics and Tumbling.” Acrobatics and Tumbling recently received emerging sport status for women from the NCAA. “I didn’t know about it until Fairmont State in West Virginia reached out to me. It’s basically for floor routines and stuff like that. So, I signed with them a couple of months ago,” said Avery.
Congratulations to the North Royalton Gymnastics team for making us proud for a third year in a row!
By Joe Jastrzemski
Contributing Writer for the Royalton Recorder
Posted March 11th, 2020