The Northeast Ohio District Championships is traditionally one of the toughest meets of the year in all of Ohio…and this year it was clear that the level of talent was outstanding. The atmosphere was loud and thick! Everyone was there to try and earn one of the top five team spots and top sixteen individual spots that will send you to the OHSAA State Championships in Columbus.
The Blue Devils came to play. Our very young team held their own and stood out to many watching in the building.
We started on the Floor. We hit our second highest team score of the season on this event. It was capitalized by Jordyn Thomas’ 9.325 (6th Place), Olivia Campbell’s 9.025, Hannah Burk’s 9.0 (18th Place, just out of 16th by .025). Twin 8.4s were earned by freshmen Maddy Mueller and Sophia Tomecko. As a team, we were the 5th highest scoring team on this event.
Next we went to Vault, which was our most improved event throughout the season. As a team we placed a HUGE 2nd Place, just behind Brecksville-Broadview Heights, which is a great accomplishment in and of itself. Jordyn Thomas hit a personal high score of 9.475 (4th Place) with a huge stuck yurcenko layout! Freshman, Anna Taylor nailed her vault, earning a 9.1 (11th place). Kara Beth Nemet and Lana Dakdouk also hit relatively new vaults for themselves, earning a 8.625 and 8.45, respectively. After these two events we were sitting in second place as a team.
After the lunch break we went to Bars, our most difficult event as a team. After a tough warm up Jordyn Thomas, hit her routine to earn a 9.25. After wrist surgery less than three months ago, Olivia Campbell got back on the bars less than a week before this week and went out, hit a solid routine for an 8.375…talk about team player and mental strength. Sophia Tomecko put together a good routine, earning an 8.2. The Devils know this is where we have improvements to make, but are excited and ready for the challenge. This event moved us to 4th as a team).
We finished the meet on Beam. We were warned all day that the judging was very low and even hit routines were getting ripped to shreds. They were right. Jordyn hit her famously beautiful routine for a 9.15. Sophia Tomecko hit a solid set for an 8.075 and Anna Taylor also rocked a good routine for a 8.025. The relative inexperience showed as most of the girls had uncharacteristic wobbles or falls, but we will be MORE than ready next season.
As they say, champions are made in the off season. While our team season is over, for now, we are sending two individuals to the OHSAA State Championships! Jordyn Thomas qualified on all four events and all around (2nd Place at Districts), a big improvement over last season. And Freshman, Anna Taylor, qualified on Vault. Jordyn Thomas was also named to the All District Team.
While we look forward to gaining more depth next season from incoming freshman and new team members. It is not to go unsaid that we have 10 out of 11 girls returning and no seniors next season. This 2018-2019 team set some new records and is on the verge of learning even more new skills and making big improvements on their own. The future is VERY bright!
Good luck to Jordyn and Anna at the OHSAA State Championships next weekend in Columbus! We know you are ready to represent Brunswick well!