Vermillion Gymnastics went to Wagner for a triangular against West Central and Wagner/Bon Homme. They won with a team total of 128.2. Wagner/Bon Homme and West Central tied for second at 125.9 points.
“Finishing our last regular season meet with a season-high is a reflection of all the hard work the girls have put in throughout the season,” said head coach Shannon Fitzsimmons. “We will use this as motivation to keep improving and to stay focused the last couple weeks of the season.”
Vermillion senior Carter Williams placed second overall individually in the all-around (34.9). She tied for first in the beam (8.2) with Averi Schmeichel of West Central. Williams also tied for first in the vault (9.2) with Jocelyn Krouse of West Central. Williams finished second in the bars (8.4) and earned bronze in the floor exercise (9.1).
“I’m most proud of my teammates working together and pushing through even though not everything was going our way,” said Williams. “We didn’t have the best warm up and that is tough mentally and physically, so to put that behind us and put our best foot forward was a big step for us as a team.”
Freshman Mackenzie Brady was fourth in the all-around (31.85). She finished with the bronze in the vault (8.8), fourth in the floor exercise (8.65), and placed fifth in the beam (7.45). Brady tied for sixth in the bars (6.95) with Alexys Rueb of Wagner/Bon Homme.
Seventh-grader Serena Gapp finished fifth in the all-around (30.55). She earned bronze in the beam (7.85). Gapp also scored a 7.95 in the floor exercise, 7.9 in the vault, and a 6.85 in the bars.
Sophomore Elaina Taggart competed in the all-around and scored a 30.2. She tied for fifth in the bars (7.25) with Joanna Soukup of Wagner/Bon Homme. Taggart scored an 8.1 in the vault, 7.7 in the floor exercise, and a 7.15 in the beam.
Seventh-grader Tori Farmer recorded a 29.25 in the all-around. Farmer scored an 8.1 in the vault, 7.8 in the floor exercise, 7.05 in the beam, and a 6.3 in the bars.
Senior Peyton Larson scored a 28.25 in the all-around. She recorded an 8.2 in the floor exercise, 7.0 in the vault, 6.65 in the bars, and a 6.4 in the beam.
“Moving on to regions, as a team, I think we are all really excited to hopefully surprise some people with a couple of skills that we’ve been working on,” said Williams. “This team has developed a lot in just a couple of months, and we’re not done yet!”
Vermillion’s next meet will be Regions this Friday in Wagner. The gymnasts that qualify in this meet will advance to the state meet in Brookings the following weekend.
“Our goal for regions is to improve upon our most recent performance and do what we can to earn an automatic qualifying spot at state,” said coach Fitzsimmons.