Girls Varsity Gymnastics - *2016 IHSAA State Champions*
MUNCIE, Ind. – Sophomore Claire Thompson won two events plus the individual all-around title and Columbus North’s “big three” each finished in the top five overall Saturday (March 12), propelling the Bull Dogs to the 2016 IHSAA state championship in girls’ gymnastics.
Thompson captured crowns on the uneven parallel bars and balance beam as Columbus North amassed a state meet-record team score of 114.850, lifting the school to its third girls’ gymnastics championship and 37th title in all sports. CN’s previous titles came in 1973 and 1974, the first two years the IHSAA sanctioned the sport.
Senior Katrina May provided another highlight when she was presented the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award. Earlier, May placed second on floor exercise, third on beam and tied for second in the all-around.
Overall, it was a phenomenal performance by the Bull Dogs, who saw Thompson capture the all-around with a 38.400, May tie for second with a 38.325 and junior Ashley Holliday place fifth with a 38.125. The trio combined for 10 podium finishes (meaning a top-six placement) out of 30 possible spots.
“The teamwork and tenacity of Claire, Ashley and Katrina was incredible,” CN co-coach Sandy Freshour said. “They all had PRs, and they all did the best that they could. It was a day like no other. There wasn’t anything we could have done better.”
>> Thompson posted a 9.700 on bars and a 9.675 on beam for her event titles. She also was fifth on floor with a 9.500 and 10th on vault with a 9.525 to amass her winning all-around total.
>> May scored a 9.625 on floor for second in that event. She also totaled a 9.575 for third on beam, a 9.625 for seventh on vault and a 9.500 for 11th on bars.
>> Holliday topped her day with a 9.775 to tie for second on vault. She also contributed a 9.525 to tie for third on floor, a 9.525 for ninth on bars and a 9.300 for 12th on beam.
Together, Thompson, May and Holliday made for an unbeatable triumvirate as the Bull Dogs outscored top-ranked and defending champion Valparaiso – which placed second with 113.250 – by 1.600 points. Fort Wayne Dwenger was third with 111.800 points followed by Crown Point with 110.950, Chesterton with 110.475 and Columbus East with 109.950.
Freshour noted that the team was not looking at scores, their own or opponents, during the meet.
“We were just focused on trying to do our best,” she said. “We really didn’t know until the end of the meet what had happened. The parents let the cat out of the bag after our last routine.”
CN’s team score eclipsed the previous state-meet best of 114.225 by Valparaiso in 2008, and Thompson’s three individual titles gave the Bull Dogs their 16th, 17th and 18th individual blue ribbons.
May became the program’s fifth Mental Attitude Award winner in girls’ gymnastics and the school’s second Mental Attitude Award winner in 2015-16. CN senior Paige Littrell was named Mental Attitude Award winner in girls’ basketball last month.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Calandro and freshman Tova Edwards also participated at state for the Bull Dogs. Calandro was the team’s first athlete on vault and beam, while Edwards competed first on bars and floor.
Owen Valley senior Anna Watkin and Morgan Township senior Kylee Maxwell won the other individual event titles. Watkin captured the floor with a 9.775, and Maxwell took first on vault with a 9.850.
2016 IHSAA GIRLS' GYMNASTICS STATE FINALS
At Worthen Arena, Ball State University
Team scores: Columbus North 114.850, Valparaiso 113.250, Fort Wayne Dwenger 111.800, Crown Point 110.950, Chesterton 110.475, Columbus East 108.950, Owen Valley 107.425, Elkhart Central 107.300, Homestead 107.000
Vault: 1, Kylee Maxwell (Morgan Township) 9.850; 2, Ashley Holliday (Columbus North) and Anna Watkin (Owen Valley) 9.775; 4, Lainey Kowalczyk (Crown Point) 9.750; 5, Addison Minor (Columbus East) 9.725; 6, Amy Weilbaker (FW Dwenger) 9.675; 7, Katrina May (Columbus North) 9.625; 10, Claire Thompson (Columbus North) 9.525; 42, Kaitlyn Calandro (Columbus North) 8.450.
Bars: 1, Claire Thompson (Columbus North) 9.700; 2 (tie), Whitney McKeon (Valparaiso) and Kelley Platt (Logansport) 9.625; 4, Sydney Intagliata (Valparaiso) 9.600; 5 (tie), Kylee Maxwell (Morgan Township), Jordan Bush (Chesterton) and Maria Trahin (FW Dwenger) 9.575; 9, Ashley Holliday (Columbus North) 9.525; 11, Katrina May (Columbus North) 9.500; 42, Tova Edwards (Columbus North) 7.950.
Beam: 1, Claire Thompson (Columbus North) 9.675; 2, Anna Watkin (Owen Valley) 9.600; 3, Katrina May (Columbus North) 9.575; 4, Kelley Platt (Logansport) 9.475; 5, Whitney McKeon (Valparaiso) 9.450; 6, Jenna Algozine (Valparaiso) 9.425; 12, Ashley Holliday (Columbus North) 9.300; 40, Kaitlyn Calandro (Columbus North) 8.275.
Floor: 1, Anna Watkin (Owen Valley) 9.775; 2, Katrina May (Columbus North) 9.625; 3 (tie), Ashley Holliday (Columbus North) and Kylee Maxwell (Morgan Township) 9.525; 5, Claire Thompson (Columbus North) 9.500; 6 (tie), Jordan Bush (Chesterton), Sydney Intagliata (Valparaiso) and Maria Trahin (FW Dwenger) 9.475; 42, Tova Edwards (Columbus North) 7.875.
All-around: 1, Claire Thompson (CN) 38.400; 2 (tie), Katrina May (CN) and Kylee Maxwell (Morgan Township) 38.325; 4, Kelley Platt (Logansport) 38.150; 5, Ashley Holliday (CN) 38.125; 6 (tie), Whitney McKeon (Valpo) and Addison Minor (Columbus East) 37.725.
COLUMBUS NORTH GIRLS’ GYMNASTICS STATE CHAMPIONS
Team champions (3): 1973, 1974 and 2016.
Vault champions (6): Pam Robillard (1974), Jennifer Moore (1982), Jennifer Moore (1983), Robin Loheide (1986), Elizabeth Hackman (1995) and Cassie Funcheon (2010).
Bars champions (4): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1986), Ashley Holliday (2015) and Claire Thompson (2016).
Beam champions (3): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1986) and Claire Thompson (2016).
Floor champions (1): Robin Loheide (1987).
All-around champions (4): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1986), Robin Loheide (1988), Claire Thompson (2016).
Mental Attitude Award winners (5): Pam Robillard (1974), Robin Loheide (1989), Cassie Funcheon (2010), Chelsea Wieland (2013) and Katrina May (2016).