(Jan. 27, 2014) – Freedom High School wasn’t at full strength this weekend but the Eagles had enough depth to take the first ever Loudoun County Gymnastics Championships at Park View High School.
Freedom, without top performer Arianna Robinson (battling a back injury), was led by Robinson’s sister Makayala, in her first meet in a month after a knee injury, and Alli Gibbs, who finished 2-3 in the All Around behind Loudoun County’s Victoria Miner.
Miner scored 36.85 to Robinson’s 36.6 and Gibbs’ 35.575. The Eagles scored 108.325 to take the team title with Loudoun County second (103.375) and Briar Woods (102.575) third in the 12-team meet.
The Eagles depth really showed on the floor where they went 1-2-3 with Gibbs at 9.625 and Cara Fragala and Robinson both 9.575.
“We were pleased with our performance, especially on floor, but we did have a few falls so there is still room for improvement,” said Freedom coach Laura Wrighte.
Robinson won on the vault at 9.8 and bars 9.575.
“This is Mikayla’s first meet back after a month due to a knee injury and we honestly didn’t even know if she was going to be able to compete until after warm ups. Arianna has been battling a back injury so we are hoping she will be ready for Conference Championships,” said Wrighte. “Of course we are hoping that every member will be healthy for post season, but we are extremely fortunate to have a lot of depth and talent at Freedom this year. Many of our girls have stepped in to compete when needed and have contributed to our wins!”
Miner won on the beam at 9.4 followed by Gibbs and Sara Connors of Briar Woods, both at 9.275. Miner was second on the vault at 9.5 followed by Freedom’s Karly Hickman (8.85).
On the bars, Champe’s Sydney Suter was runner-up at 8.875 followed by Miner (8.6).