Runner up, two days in a row — but when it’s done at the girls’ gymnastics individual state championship, that’s a successful weekend.
Rachel Hogan of Grand Ledge finished just one-tenth of a point behind defending champ Christina Shabet of Troy for the All-Around state title, Saturday at Plymouth High. The Grand Ledge team finished runner up to Canton, Friday, ending the Comets incredible string of six straight Division 1 titles.
Hogan tied with Shabet on Bars as both scored 9.75. Hogan then won the Vault with a 9.725 and also placed second on Floor, the event she won last year. But Shabet squeaked by with a 38.675 total to Hogan’s 38.575. Shabet won the Floor Exercise with a 9.7.
“I’m just really happy I got the chance to be here and just compete,” Hogan said. “I put my all into it.”
She said her Vault was the best event.
“I was just so happy when I landed it, because the warm up didn’t go so well, so it was a little surprising,” Hogan said.
Third overall went to Grand Ledge senior Presley Allison, while Canton’s winning team produced the fourth and seventh overall finishers, Jocelyn Moraw and Maddie Toal, respectively. Toal took first place on the Beam with a 9.725.
“We didn’t start off that great but I think we really brought it back,” Hogan added about the team’s performance Friday, jumping from fifth place after three events to state champion runner up. “We supported each other through the whole thing and did the best we could from there and I think that’s all that matters.”
Allison had hoped to do better in her final meet as a Comet. She took second on Vault, third on Bars and third on Floor.
“I am a little disappointed since it’s my senior year,” she said. “I came back well from my fall on beam. I did my new bar routine for the first time. I attempted it yesterday (in the team competition) but it didn’t work out, but I’m happy that I got through it today.
“I just had to not let my nerves get to me, and just go out and have fun, since it was my last meet.”
If Allison had to finish behind anyone she was happy it was Hogan.
“I’m really proud of Rachel, she’s a really hard worker and she’s helped our team a lot these past two years, and she’s come a long way since last year,” Allison added.
Cara Clarizio of the combined Haslett/Williamston/Bath team took 25th in the All-Around Div. 1, which is the classification for club gymnasts
In Div. 2 All-Around, Fowlerville’s Jazmin Farmer and Clarice Hibbard took 16th and 17th overall, followed by Kikel Sekoni of Haslett/Wmston/Bath. Yana Damitio of Fowlerville placed 21st and Megan Ivey of Haslett/Wmston/Bath placed inside the top 25 at 24th.
Both Toal and Moraw showed great respect for the Grand Ledge program.
“They definitely are so talented, so we were a little bit scared but we knew we could do it if we did our best,” Toal said.
Moraw added: “They are intimidating because they’re really good. They have some amazing girls on the team, but I think that our depth was a little bit better this year. We have a solid group.”