The Homestead Gymnastics team competed in the North Shore Conference on Friday, February 12th at Hartford Union High School. The lady highlanders showed true grit and determination at the meet with many season high scores, new skills and solid routines.
For the JV team on beam, Hannah Peterson had a terrific routine that earned her a 3rd place podium finish! (Even with a fall). Ellie Stern did an outstanding dive cartwheel within her routine and her dismount was a solid stick. The JV team has a lot to be proud of on floor as well. Mia Goebel and Ari Halaska had great routines that really showed off their handwork this season. The team cheered on Ari in her last floor routine as a senior and she did an amazing job!! In addition, Peyton Berryman stepped up to the plate and performed beautifully after Valerie Tzuzhilkov was injured on beam. On vault, A’mya Walker and Ellie Stern had their best vault score thus far this season! On bars, Lauren VanVooren showed outstanding form and had one of her best routines this season. Congrats Lauren on your awesome switch kip!
For the Varsity team, Valerie Tzuzhilkov and Lucy Gonzalez both performed their new advanced high superior skills: a full twisting dismount and both girls stuck it beautifully. Maggie Pokorny had an exquisite beam routine that earned her her highest score this season and the North Shore Conference beam championship with a 9.475!! On floor, Eve Marks, Gonzalez, and Pokorny received full bonus points on their routines! Mark’s advanced high superior skill was perfectly executed and was amazing! The vault seemed to pose some obstacles for the Highlanders but they were able to finish the rotation strong and Hannah Peterson had a her personal record on vault with an 8.300. On bars, the final event of the night, the team rallied and showed great enthusiasm. Berryman pushed through and finished strong with her routine despite some setbacks at previous meets. Mia Wang had a fantastic routine with beautiful form and Pokorny anchored the event with a strong second place conference finish even after an injury on the vault. This is definitely a team that preservers and rises to the challenges in front of them.
In the end, both Varsity and JV walked away with fourth place finishes out of the eight conference teams competing (136.0750 (V) 113.6500 (JV). Maggie Pokorny took second place for the North Shore Conference all around with a 36.675. Congratulations girls on a terrific season. Good luck as the Varsity team competes this Saturday, February 20th at Sectionals.
Top JV Scores:
Vault: Mia Wang (8.250) Ellie Stern (8.000) A’mya Walker and Ari Halaska (7.750)
Bars: Lauren VanVooren (7.400) Ellie Stern (6.400) A’mya Walker (5.150)
Beam: Hannah Peterson (8.000) Ellie Stern (7.050) Ari Halaska (6.950)
Floor: Peyton Berryman (8.050) Ellie Stern (7.650), Ari Halaska (7.200)
Top Varsity Scores
Vault: Maggie Pokorny (8.750), Lucy Gonzalez (8.600), Hannah Peterson (8.300)
Bars: Maggie Pokorny (9.250), Mia Wang (8.325) Peyton Berryman (8.225)
Beam: Maggie Pokorny (9.475), Lucy Gonzalez (8.750), Mia Wang (8.025)
Floor Maggie Pokorny (9.200) Lucy Gonzalez (8.900) Eve Marks (8.325)