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High School Gymnastics

Brunswick, Buckeye, Medina gymnasts advance to district

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    Madison Meers of Buckeye performs during sectionals at West Geauga on Monday.


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    Tayla Thome of Buckeye flips during her floor routine at sectionals at West Geauga.


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    Tayla Thome comes off the horse at West Geauga during sectionals.



CHESTERLAND — The West Geauga Sectional gymnastics meet turned into a coronation for Brunswick freshman Jordyn Thomas.

Thomas captured the all-around and uneven parallel bars titles, finished second on the balance beam, placed third in the floor exercise and was fourth on the vault in her postseason debut Monday.

If that weren’t impressive enough, she led the Blue Devils to a runner-up finish in the team standings with their highest score in two years.

“I am so happy, I couldn’t imagine anything like this happening,” a wide-eyed Thomas said. “This was such a good day for our team and our coaches, it’s incredible. Everyone supported each other the whole time and it was so much fun. We’ll definitely be jamming out, celebrating together, on the bus ride home.”

Medina County athletes earned 22 individual bids to the West Geauga District in the third of three meets held at the site over the holiday weekend. Brunswick (137.5), Medina (136.75) and Buckeye (135.425) advanced as teams, along with champion Magnificat (141.05).

Thomas punched her district ticket in the maximum five events, while Bucks senior Sammy Theis moved on in four and Buckeye sophomore Madisyn Meers claimed three berths on the most successful day for local gymnasts since 2015.

Brunswick junior Hannah Burk, Medina junior Lauren Romano, Bucks senior Tayla Thome and Bees senior Jenna Mattox each picked up two district spots, while Medina freshmen Addison Kasian and Meghan Deighton earned one apiece for the Saturday meet.

“We really do have a close group of girls who work well together, so I’m pleased they did so well today,” said Bees coach Darcy Ranallo, whose squad earned its seventh district spot in the last eight years.

Thomas (36.75) edged Blue Streaks junior Emily Connor (36.525) and Elyria senior Sarah Schneider (36.4) for the all-around crown. Theis (34.7) was seventh and Thome and Romano tied for 10th at 34.525.

On the bars, Thomas (9.1) topped runner-up Schneider (9.025), while she posted a 9.25 to wind up behind Connor (9.275) on the beam. That trio dominated the six-hour meet from start to finish.

“I wanted to hit on all my events, and that’s what I did,” Thomas said. “More than anything, I just wanted to have fun because when I think too much, that’s when I have problems.”

Theis and Thome became four-time district qualifiers while rallying the Bucks past Westlake for the final team spot. Buckeye advanced out of sectionals for the first time last season and joined Magnificat and Brunswick in repeating the feat.

Meers also made waves with her strong afternoon, which occurred three days after she was released from concussion protocol. Always effervescent, she leaped into the arms of Bucks coach Kristin Seeley after nailing her vault for a 9.075 and sixth-place showing.

“That was the first time I have ever landed that vault — in practice or a meet — so I was really excited,” Meers said. “I knew if I fell, it could cost our team the last district spot, but once I landed, I was like, ‘We got this.’”

Two-time state qualifiers Burk and Romano dealt with significant adversity — and questionable judging — in failing to move on in their specialties, the bars and beam, respectively. Both bounced back strongly.

Burk fought through chronic back pain to finish ninth on the beam and floor, while Romano refused to be deterred by a twisted right ankle and placed 10th in the all-around and floor.

“Floor and vault are our fun events, so I knew we could finish strong as a team in the afternoon,” Romano said. “We love showing off and having fun on the floor, but to see how far the new girls have come from the beginning of the season when they were shy is pretty amazing.

“Now, we have almost a week to fix any little issues, stay healthy and come back and have more fun.”

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CHESTERLAND — Results from the West Geauga Sectional at West Geauga High (top four teams and 12 individuals in each event advance to West Geauga District):

Teamstandings: 1. Magnificat 141.05, 2. Brunswick 137.5, 3. Medina 136.75, 4. Buckeye 135.425, 5. Westlake 133.55, 6. Wadsworth 129.575, 7. Wooster 129.35, 8. Cuyahoga Falls 122.525, 9. Avon 120.175, 10. Cloverleaf 117.1, 11. Olmsted Falls 114.35, 12. Amherst Steele 111.825, 13. Lakewood 110.175, 14. Triway 102.0, 15. St. Joseph 64.8, 16. Rocky River 49.8, 17. Elyria 47.85, 18. North Ridgeville 47.025, 19. Midview 35.625, 20. Avon Lake 34.825, 21. Fairview 34.525, 22. North Olmsted 33.425, 23. Valley Forge 26.625, 24. Elyria Catholic 6.45.

All-around: 1. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 36.75, 2. Emily Connor (Magnificat) 36.525, 3. Sarah Schneider (Elyria) 36.4, 4. Haley Brennan (Westlake) 35.675, 5. Julia Pompeani (Magnificat) 35.375, 6. Anna Molina (Avon Lake) 34.825, 7. Sammy Theis (Buckeye) 34.7, 10. Tayla Thome (Buckeye) 34.525, 10. Lauren Romano (Medina) 34.525.

Vault: 1. Sarah Schneider (Elyria) 9.275, 2. Anna Eckert (Magnificat) 9.225, 3. Emily Connor (Magnificat) 9.175, 4. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.15, 5. Haley Brennan (Westlake) 9.125, 6. Madisyn Meers (Buckeye) 9.075, 9. Jenna Mattox (Medina) 8.725.

Uneven parallel bars: 1. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.1, 2. Sarah Schneider (Elyria) 9.025, 3. Julia Pompeani (Magnificat) 9.0, 4. Rachel Furlong (Wooster) 8.85, 5. Olivia Zappe (Fairview) 8.8, 6. Emily Connor (Magnificat) 8.775, 8. Addison Kasian (Medina) 8.6, 10. Jenna Mattox (Medina) 8.55, 11. Madisyn Meers (Buckeye) 8.5, 12. Sammy Theis (Buckeye) 8.475.

Balance beam: 1. Emily Connor (Magnificat) 9.275, 2. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.25, 3. Anna Molina (Avon Lake) 9.0, 3. Shannon Winchester (North Olmsted) 9.0, 5. Sarah Schneider (Elyria) 8.95, 5. Julia Pompeani (Magnificat) 8.95, 7. Sammy Theis (Buckeye) 8.9, 9. Hannah Burk (Brunswick) 8.85, 11. Meghan Deighton (Medina) 8.8.

Floorexercise: 1. Haley Brennan (Westlake) 9.35, 2. Emily Connor (Magnificat) 9.3, 3. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.25, 4. Anna Molina (Avon Lake) 9.175, 5. Sarah Schneider (Elyria) 9.15, 5. Kaley Miklich (Magnificat) 9.15, 7. Tayla Thome (Buckeye) 9.125, 9. Hannah Burk (Brunswick) 9.05, 10. Lauren Romano (Medina) 9.0, 11. Madisyn Meers (Buckeye) 8.975, 12. Sammy Theis (Buckeye) 8.9.

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