GRAND LEDGE For Grand Ledge, the number one ranked gymnastics team in the state, it was business as usual at Grand Rapids Kenowa Hill on Jan. 26 as the girls scored a team high 146.85 to win their 83rd straight meet dating back to 2007.
“As I always say, we did okay but we can do better,” said Comets coach Duane Haring.
Haring is still hoping for his team to peak as the season unwinds and to score at or near 150 team points.
“I still think that the girls can do it. They’ve just got to keep working hard and taking care of business,” Haring added.
At Kenowa Hills senior co-captain Sara Peltier did her share of the team work with an all around score of 36.7. Peltier, competing this year in Division One after having won the state title last year in Division Two, finished third all around. Her scores included an 8.55 on beam, a 9.2 on bars, a second place finish on vault with a 9.5 and a third place floor with a score of 9.45.
Freshman upstart Rachel Hogan also competed in Division One and finished with an all around score of 35.875, an excellent score for a freshmen at that level. Hogan scored third on beam with an 8.85, 8.65 on bars, a fine vault of 9.4 and an 8.975 floor routine.
In Division Two it was junior Presley Allison scoring a 37.7 all around score for first place. Allison won first on bars with a 9.5 first on vault with a 9.6, fourth on floor with a 9.15 and second on beam with an athletic 9.45.
Senior co-captain Lauren Clark also had an excellent day with a second place all around score of 36.575. Clark edged out Allison on beam to take first with a score of 9.5. A second place floor at 9.275, a third on vault at 9.1 and a fifth on bars with an 8.7 gave her her total score.
Junior Taylor Stevens continues to progress nicely as her scores continue to rise. In her three events she scored a 7.7 beam, a 7.9 bars and a seventh place vault at 8.95.
Freshman Lexi Paybne competed in just one event, the floor, and scored an impressive 8.55.
“I’m happy with the way the girls are competing,” Haring added. “I know that I keep pushing them and they keep responding. Hopefully we’ll peak at just the right time. They control their own destiny.”
Rockford finished second in the 10 team meet with a score of 139.55. Freeland/Swan Valley was third with 138.75 and Grand Rapids Forest Hills finished fourth with a score of 137.775.