As good as Chasity Wampler’s high school gymnastics career was, part of what has made the Richmond High School senior so successful has been staying hungry.
A 15th-place finish at state as a sophomore was nice, but a trip to the state podium kept her motivated during offseason workouts.
A third-place medal as a junior only raised her confidence, made for higher aspirations and sparked another busy offseason.
And the state title she won in vault last month might be just the beginning, because a college gymnastics career is in sight for Wampler.
But first, she has the opportunity to represent Red Devil gymnastics one last time.
Wampler was recently invited to the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase Invitational.
The event is May 16-17 in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.
“First, I heard about it and I know it’s for seniors only. I know one of the girls that was at the gymnastics state meet asked me if I wanted to represent Indiana,” Wampler said.
“I told Justine (Coblentz-Boggs, Richmond’s gymnastics coach) about it. … I didn’t decide to go until a couple days ago.”
Wampler said she has received an invitation to compete for the Winona State University gymnastics team and wanted to focus on new skills for the college level, but for the showcase, she will continue to do those she did during high school.
“I think any national competition is exciting for her,” said Coblentz-Boggs, who coached Wampler her last two years at Richmond and many years prior at the Richmond Gymnastics Training Center.
“I think it’s another good chance for her. I think it’d be a great opportunity. She only hit three of her events at the state meet, (and) I think it’d be a great opportunity for her to hit 4-for-4.”
Wampler has seen success in regional gymnastics meets before as part of USA Gymnastics club competitions.
She was the first Level 9 gymnast from the RGTC to qualify for a regional, then the first to place.
She was second on vault and fourth on floor with a 9.3 at the 2013 Region 5 meet, which features competitors from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
She developed skills in the offseason and is now a Level 10 gymnast, which means she can qualify for the Olympics.
“She has that go-get-them attitude,” Coblentz-Boggs said. “She doesn’t let anything get her down or get in her way.”
Coblentz-Boggs set up a page for Wampler to help foot the cost. More information is at http://www.gofundme.com/8069oo.
Wampler finished 15th in the state in bars as a sophomore and was 16th as a junior and tied for fourth this year.
She will graduate with three sectional championships in bars, two in vault and one all-around. She won one regional championship in vault and earned a state title in vault earlier this year after scoring 9.85 in the event, becoming Richmond’s first athlete to win an IHSAA state title in any sport since 2008.
“I’m excited but I’m a little nervous,” Wampler said. ” … I’m more excited about seeing where my scores, my routines stand with everybody else’s. Definitely, my goal is to go down there and hit 4-for-4 routines. The scores are a big part of that, yeah, but I know I can’t control those. If I just hit 4-for-4 routines, I’ll be happy.”