Gymnasts Take on Elkhorn

The Whippet Gymnastics Team took on their first dual meet of the season Tuesday night, January 4, at Elkhorn High School. This was also the first meet for our awesome JV girls! They pushed aside their nerves and showed the judges and the large crowd what they’ve been working on for the last month.

On the JV side, we had Myialynn Cobbs, Lexi Kuhnke, and Izzy Dieter compete on beam. Myialynn and Lexi both had no fall beam routines, and Izzy scored really well for her first routine of the season!

We had a full roster of five girls take on JV Floor: Estefany Reyes-Saldana, Maritza Vidales, Miyu Tekeda, Jackie Franco, and Brooke Bazeley. Brooke was the lone veteran as all four of the other girls were getting to experience this for the first time. It was fun to see the girls smiling through their routines and hitting all their required moves.

Flipping to the Varsity side, we had some new routines and lots of cheering and encouragement as they fought hard against Elkhorn’s strong gymnasts. Vault proved to be a strong event for these girls as Makayla Bazeley, Nola Coburn, and Izzy Dieter all scored personal season bests as well as a team season best score of 30.025. This was Izzy’s first time competing in vault this season as well as first time competing on varsity this year with a nice 7.325! Nola improved her score by almost a whole point with a 7.15.

As the girls hit the Floor, Makayla and Nola again had personal season best scores. This was the first time this season Nola competed on floor, and she competed like a pro! Makayla scored a 7.1 on floor with some changeups in her routine. Halee Peters got to try out her new routine that she has been putting together and caught everyone’s attention, scoring an 8.05.

On the beam, the Bazeley sisters both had season best scores and both had no fall routines! Brooke stepped up and competed in Varsity for the first time ever and nailed her double back roll flawlessly, while Makayla hit her back-to-back back walkovers solidly. Brooklyn Griswold tied her personal best with a strong performance and remains a very consistent competitor.

This was Nola Coburn’s first time competing in All-Around, which was a nice addition to our All-Around team. Makayla Bazeley scored a season best score in her All-Around with a 27.15, while Halee Peters rounded out the trio with a 31.55.

The gymnastics team will be back in action next Tuesday for the first home dual meet against Jefferson/Cambridge.

Article and Photos Submitted by Shawnda Peters
Whitewater High School Head Gymnastics Coach

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