The Vermillion Gymnastics team went to Wagner for the Region meet last Friday. The gymnasts competed for a qualifying spot in the State Meet in Brookings this upcoming Friday and Saturday.
The Tanagers finished third of seven teams with 130.6 total points. Vermillion also scored the highest score in the beam with a combined 33.925. Parkston/Ethan/Hanson won the meet (134.675), and Wagner/Bon Homme earned second (132.225).
“Throughout the season our girls have worked on consistency and performing under pressure—which has helped steadily increase our score,” said head coach Shannon Fitzsimmons. “I am most proud of how the girls have come together, positively pushed one another, and truly become a team.”
She also said seniors Peyton Larson and Carter Williams have done a great job leading the young team throughout the season.
Vermillion senior Carter Williams took home the gold in the all-around (35.125) and punched her ticket to state. She was the only gymnast to score above a 35 in regions. Williams earned three silvers, one in the beam (9.0) in the floor exercise (8.975), and in the vault (8.825). She also placed fourth in the bars (8.325).
Freshman Mackenzie Brady also qualified for state in the all-around as she placed fifth in the region meet (33.025). She placed fourth in the beam (8.725), tied for seventh in the vault (8.425), eighth in the bars (7.9), and was 13th in the floor exercise (7.975).
Senior Peyton Larson placed seventh in the beam with two others also scoring an 8.0. Larson also had a three-way tie for 19th in the floor exercise (7.75).
Seventh-grader Serena Gapp finished sixth in the beam (8.2) and 16th in the bars (7.425).
Sophomore Elaina Taggart placed 13th in the vault (8.225) and had a three-way tie for 19th in the bars (7.175).
Seventh-grader Tori Farmer finished 15th in the beam (7.725) and 17th in the vault (8.0). Farmer was also a part of the three-way tie for 19th in the bars with Taggart.
These six gymnasts will compete together in the team competition at the state meet. Williams and Brady will compete individually in each event for the all-around. Gapp will compete in the bars and the beam. Larson will compete individually in the beam.
“Heading into the state meet, we are working on executing our routines, so we can put forward our best performance in a highly competitive Class A division,” said coach Fitzsimmons.
The state meet is in Brookings this upcoming weekend. The team competition will take place on Friday, and the individual competition will be on Saturday.