Katie Snyder can prepare for a full day at Worthen Arena. The Jay County senior finished second in the all-around standings Friday at the Huntington North gymnastics regional, meaning she’ll compete at state next Saturday in all four events. Snyder put up a 35.750 all-around mark to accomplish the feat. Snyder qualified for state as a junior and as a freshman, but only on vault.
“That’s a huge accomplishment for me,” Snyder said. “Especially being second. So just another step toward a state medal.”
Jay County finished fourth in the team standings with a 101.675. The top two teams advance to state as full squads. Snyder was Jay County’s only individual to qualify. Fort Wayne Dwenger won the team standings with a 111.650 team score.
Snyder was third on beam with 9.225. She tied for fourth on floor with an 8.950. She put up her best score on vault, where a 9.350 earned her a tie for fifth. Snyder was 11th on bars with an 8.225. She’ll get a chance to compete in all of those events again at state.
“It will just keep her busy and motivated,” Jay County coach Lora Schlosser said. “To not think about (one event) so much. And hopefully she’ll do well.”
Homestead earned the second invitation to the state meet with a team score of 103.900. Fort Wayne Carroll scored a 103.650.
“We were very capable of doing as well as them,” Schlosser said of the two teams immediately ahead of the Patriots. “But we would have to be top-notch, no errors. And our girls would have to do their personal bests everywhere. So it’s a little disappointing, it would have been great for the team to move on to state.”
The Patriots’ Tasya Smith finished 12th in the all-around standings with a 33.300. Smith finished 10th on bars with an 8.250. The Patriots’ Malarie Houck took 14th in all-around with a 32.625. Cowan’s Kristina Flowers finished 16th with a 31.375.
New Castle finished sixth at the Columbus East Regional with a team score of 98.35. Columbus East won with a 108.0 team score. The Trojans did not have any individual qualifiers to the state meet.