Gymnastics

Mavs Gymnasts Win Sectional!

Mavs Gymnasts Win Sectional!

Our Lady Mav Gymnastics Team earned the sectional title at Lafayette Jeff this past Saturday.  They will advance to the regional at Valporaiso on the 4th, 2:00 PM EST start.

 

Results from Saturday:

Bars:

4th Place:  Emma Taylor

6th Place:  Megan Walker 

15th Place:  Sabrina Robison

18th Place:  Audrey Walker

Beam:

2nd Place:  Megan Walker

3rd Place:  Emma Taylor

6th Place:  Audrey Walker

15th Place:  Sabrina Robison

Floor:

2nd Place:  Megan Walker

6th Place:  Emma Taylor

8th Place:  Sabrina Robison

11th Place:  Abigail Putman

Vault:

2nd Place:  Megan Walker

6th Place:  Emma Taylor

11th Place:  Sabrina Robison

13th Place:  Abigail Putman

All Around:

2nd Place:  Megan Walker

5th Place:  Emma Taylor

12th Place:  Sabrina Robison

 

 

From Sam King, J&C

LAFAYETTE — Judie Johnson tried not to cry.

She had no chance.

Thirteen years ago, she was a sectional champion as a high school senior for the McCutcheon gymnastics team.

On Saturday in Lafayette Jeff's auxiliary gym and by the slimmest of margins, Johnson again was a sectional champion, this time as coach when the youthful Mavericks edged Northwestern 105-3-104.6 for the program's second sectional title.

"To come back and coach the next team that wins sectionals, that is pretty awesome," said Johnson with a tear in her eye. "They worked so hard upping their difficulty on lots of different events, so I am glad their hard work has paid off."

Seven days earlier at the same facility, McCutcheon won the North Central Conference meet on a day when the Mavericks weren't their best.

There were points left on the table again Saturday, but the Mavericks managed to finish what has been a three-year process of being a sectional contender, led by sophomore Megan Walker.

Walker placed second in the all-around and beam, losing both on tiebreakers, was second on the vault and floor routine and finished sixth on the bars.

Walker's performance individually was outmatched only by Lafayette Jeff freshman Julie-Ann Stephany.

Stephany won the all-around (36.0) and beam (9.2) over Walker on tiebreakers, going to the superior judge's scores to claim both. Stephany did not claim an individual title in last week's North Central Conference meet. The freshman said she used last week's competition as a practice meet knowing she'd return a week later to the same surroundings with higher stakes.

Surprised by her career-best performance on the beam and two sectional crowns, she'll now turn her focus to next week's regional.

"I am a little nervous about next week because it is my freshman year and I've never experienced this type of stuff," Stephany said. "At the same time I am very excited."

Logansport freshman Kendal Wilkinson won the vault and bars and Northwestern's Regan Gross was the high scorer on the floor exercise.

While the Mavericks had no individual champions, depth lifted McCutcheon to a team title.

Sophomore Emma Taylor, who won two NCC titles a week ago, finished fifth in the all-around and was in the top six in all four individual events, highlighted by third place on the beam where she finished just 0.75 of a point behind Stephany and Walker.

The Mavericks boasted three of the top six beam competitors with sophomore Audrey Walker scoring an 8.975 for sixth place. Freshman Sabrina Robinson was seventh on the floor.

"We had a really good meet today and it was really fun," Megan Walker said. "We figured we would be in the top three, but we knew there are other good teams here, so we were just waiting to see (the results). It was a little nerve racking. We worked hard all season, but especially the last week, to get our routines as close to perfect for sectionals as we can."

McCutcheon, Northwestern and Logansport, which was dethroned after four straight sectional titles, advance to next Saturday's Valparaiso Regional.

They'll be joined by the top six in each event from Saturday's sectional, which includes Central Catholic freshman Maia Bell on the beam and North Montgomery junior Rhiannon Harpel on the floor.

"Regional was our biggest goal this year and I think we are going to do well in regional," Megan Walker said.

Contact Journal & Courier reporter Sam King at sking@jconline.com. Follow him on Twitter @samueltking