HUNTINGTON – It was déjÀ vu for the Homestead gymnastics team at the Huntington North Regional.
The Spartans repeated last year’s performance by slipping past Carroll on Friday for the second state finalist spot with a 103.900 total. The Chargers were just behind with a 103.650.
Defending state champion Bishop Dwenger won the regional team title with a 111.650.
It always comes down to the wire, Homestead coach Ryan Gorndt said. They came out here and showed what they can do, and that’s all we can ask for. It just depends on the day and just depends on how they do.
Homestead did the same thing last year in finishing behind the Saints and advancing to the state meet just ahead of Huntington North, 106.500-104.900.
I am just glad that it all worked out, Homestead’s Morgan Hardwick said. It is so exciting. It was such a fun experience for us last year. We are happy we get to enjoy it as a team again.
Hardwick led the Spartans with a third-place spot in the all-around (35.475).
The Spartans finished third at last week’s Concordia Sectional, behind the Chargers, 103.950-103.550.
It was definitely nerve-racking, Hardwick said of the closeness of the race for second place. It was close toward the end, and we knew we had to stick vault, and at sectionals it was the same scenario, and we kind of messed up vault, and they beat us. It was exciting getting second.
The Saints’ Katy Linvill won the all-around title (38.125) and three events, bars (9.250), beam (9.825) and floor (9.500).
Teammate Kaitlyn Coffee won the vault with a 9.600.
The girls performed very well tonight, Dwenger coach Rose Nix said. We had a short practice week with the weather, but they really held themselves together and performed top-notch.
Linvill, a junior, was the Saints’ only all-around participant, but the Saints showed their usual depth, posting a 28.550 on the vault, 27.875 on the floor, 27.825 on the beam and 27.400 on the bars.
We had some dynamite beam routines tonight, and that is good because that sometimes is a little shaky for everybody at tournaments, Nix said. Our girls did a nice job tonight, on all the events.
The Saints went 1-2-3 in the vault with Linvill, Coffee (9.550) and Maria Trahin (9.400), 1-2 in the floor with Linvill and Coffee (9.425) and 1-3-4 in the bars with Linvill, Trahin (9.150) and Andrea Nix (9.000).
The Saints won the sectional last week with a 109.075 team score.
They are doing very well because this meet was better than last week, Nix said. Hopefully we will be better next week, and may the best team win.
Carroll was led by the fifth-place in the all-around by Carrie Ferguson (35.250).
The top six finishers and top two teams advanced to next Saturday’s state finals at Ball State.