It appears months of hard work have paid off and Farmington United is ready for the biggest gymnastics competitions of the season.
United earned a season-high score of 144.85 in its final dual meet Feb. 20 when it defeated visiting Troy-Auburn Hills Avondale, which had a 131 team tally.
“It is an encouraging sign as we head into the meaningful part of the season,” Farmington coach Jeff Dwyer said.
Senior Marissa Schuh had the highest all-around score of the meet (36.275), followed by junior Carina Wright (36.25) and sophomore Jacquelyn Farquhar (36.05). All three averaged nine or higher in every event.
“Marissa has a great chance of being one of the top all-arounders at the regional and state meets,” Dwyer said. “She has a great attitude going into these meets. It will be exciting.”
He added junior Brooke Rabban continues to excel on floor and beam and is getting stronger on vault and bars. Deanna Burns, Elisa Bills, Emily Stecevic and Kelly Shrosbree add important depth to the A team.
“As we head into the regional and state meets, it will be these gymnasts who will determine how far we go,” Dwyer said.
“With six to eight teams capable of hitting 143, I like our position. If we do what we’re capable of doing, our goal is to win our regional and place in the top three at state.”
Farmington will have an advantage in the March 7 regional competition at Walled Lake Central because of its team depth, according to Dwyer.
Every gymnast who has qualified to compete has the ability to contribute to the team score. The top four scores in each event determine the team total.
Sophomore Kennedi Seals (beam, floor), and senior Emma Roberts (floor) have the potential to earn high scores and help to supply additional depth, according to Dwyer. Harrison senior Taylor Cherry also has the ability to place on beam, he added.
“This year every gymnast on the team has qualified on at least one event for the regional,” Dwyer said, adding he would like to congratulate all the girls.
Burns is a senior, Shrosbree a sophomore, Bills and Stecevic freshmen. The other qualifiers are senior Anna Bourdeau, sophomore Emily Fisher and freshmen Lilly Johnson, Abby Coleman and Margaret Amshay.
The state meet will take place March 13-14 at Rockford High School.
In the last dual meet, floor exercise was the team’s best event. The top four scored nine or better and combined for a 38.075 total. Wright scored 9.725, Rabban 9.6, Schuh 9.45 and Farquhar 9.3.
Wright and Farquhar scored 9.2 on vault; Farquhar had an 8.65 on bars and Wright a 9.625 on beam. Schuh earned an 8.7 on bars and 9.425 on beam. Rabban also had a 9.075 on beam.