When Chasity Wampler completed her first rotation at Saturday’s IHSAA state gymnastics finals, she wasn’t thrilled about the score she received.
After all, that floor exercise is what she calls her favorite event.
But the motto on her sweatshirt said it all:
“Beast Mode doesn’t sleep. Beast Mode makes progress. Beast mode doesn’t make excuses. Beast Mode gets the job done. No matter who or what gets in the way.”
Beast Mode is one of the many nicknames Wampler has earned in her four years with the Richmond High School gymnastics team.
She earned a new title Saturday: state champion vaulter.
Wampler became the first Richmond High School athlete to earn a state championship since Trisha Witherby won the golf title in 2008.
Wampler scored 9.850 in the vault, her second event at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena, improving her 9.8 score from last year when she tied for third.
“It definitely means a lot to me, because last year, we struggled at vault a whole bunch and we didn’t give up. So it just shows to me that you shouldn’t give up on something,” Wampler said.
Wampler made two trips to the podium Saturday, also tying for fourth in bars. She was 27th in floor and 26th in beam for an all-around score of 37.05.
That score helped Wampler finish seventh in the state, moving up two spots from last year’s ninth-place finish.
“I think it means a lot to her, especially for vault, because we struggled getting that vault last year and she worked really hard on it,” Richmond coach Justine Coblentz-Boggs said. ” … (W)e’ve been very consistent with it this year, and today was the best vault we’ve ever seen her do.
” … We worked really hard on cleaning up her bar routine and it paid off. It was a phenomenal bar routine.”
After completing what she called her best performance on floor exercise, Wampler, Coblentz-Boggs and assistant Justin Boggs were elated Saturday.
However the 9.0 score she received fell short of matching the 9.1 she earned last year.
“That was probably the best floor routine that she’s done this year,” Coblentz-Boggs said. “I’m not in control of the score. I mean I’m still very proud of her floor, it’s the best routine she’s done all season.”
And whenever Wampler has been faced with adversity, Coblentz-Boggs reminds her what Beast Mode would do in the situation.
“Definitely put their chin up and walk away,” Wampler said. ” … It definitely, probably upsets both of us, but there’s nothing we can do about it (the score on floor). So we’re just glad that I can actually hit the routine and didn’t fall on the double back.”
Wampler’s confidence carried to her bars event, which is the event she advanced to state in as a sophomore.
She finished 15th in the event that year and was 16th last year, despite improving her score from the previous year.
Saturday, she tied with Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger’s Maria Trahin, scoring 9.525.
Wampler once again faced adversity in her final event, falling from the beam, but as Beast Mode would do, she picked herself up to complete the routine. Her score was 8.675.
“To keep her composure and finish with no balance errors or anything, I’m real proud of her,” Coblentz-Boggs said.
Wampler graduates with three sectional championships in bars, two in vault and one all-around, one regional championship in vault earned earlier this year and, now, a state title.
She made three trips to the podium at the state level, tying for third in vault as a junior and tying for fourth in bars this year.
She said she has been offered a position on Winona University’s gymnastics team in Minnesota.
“I will miss her,” Coblentz-Boggs said. “I’m excited to see what’s in store for her, and I will definitely not lose contact with her.”