APEX — Middle Creek sophomores Elizabeth Farin and Caitlin Brookins were the top gymnasts Friday at the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference meet held at the Team Attraction Gym.
But Green Hope was able to find a way to repeat as conference champions, capturing the event with 154.65 points. The Falcons were followed by Panther Creek (151.30), Middle Creek (150.45), Apex (148.80) and Fuquay-Varina (141.40), which added gymnastics for the first time this season.
Farin scored 39 in the all- around, followed by her teammate Brookins (38.80).
“It’s so fun to be here and see all of these girls competing at the highest level,” said Farin, who has been a gymnast since the age of 4.
Hayden Hughes (38.60), Sabriya Rouse (38.60) and juniors Shay Ramsey (38.50) and Priya Kamath (38.50) needed every bit of their resolve to put the Falcons over the Catamounts and the Mustangs.
“I am always looking to improve myself so that my teammates can improve,” said Ramsey, who along with Kamath are the elder gymnasts on the young Falcons team. “I try to lead by example but also by being supportive of my teammates and cheering for them.”
Maria Esposto (38.45) and Gabrielle Labrozzi (38.25) propelled Panther Creek into the second-place spot past the Mustangs. Sara Miller ((38.05) also proved clutch for the Catamounts.
Jessie Smith (38.05) led Apex, while Lauren Sorrel (37.65) paced Fuquay-Varina.
Freshman Hanna Guschel expressed how it felt for the Bengals to be part of SWAC gymnastics for the first time.
“A lot of our girls are really excited, we started late in the season but have progressed a lot,” Guschel said. “Tonight felt like a lot of pressure though.”
Middle Creek’s Alliah Harrison posted the highest score on the floor with a 9.85. Brookins won the beam (9.85), Hughes took the top spot in the bars (9.9), and Ramsey, Labrozzi and Apex Cougar Dani Garver all scored a 9.8 in the vault.
Several of the gymnasts will compete this week in Raleigh for the state championship, which Green Hope has won the past two years. Unfortunately, some of the top athletes will be in Tennessee, as a club championship was inadvertently scheduled the same day as the North Carolina state championship meet.