MEDINA — Jordyn Thomas earned All-Ohio status in four events and medaled in the all-around at the state gymnastics meet as a freshman.
One accomplishment that eluded the Brunswick standout, however, provided motivation for a calendar year.
Thomas posted a career-high 37.15 to win the all-around title — and Gymnast of the Year honors — for the initial time at the Greater Cleveland Conference Meet on Monday. She outscored runner-up Kelsey Morgan of Mentor by 0.7 to flip the order of their 2018 placement.
“I redeemed myself from last year at this meet, so I’m really happy,” Thomas said. “There is always something that drives me to be better, and finishing second here definitely did that.
“I know I can be very hard on myself, but I’ve matured a lot and have learned not to get too worked up over little things. But winning the GCC was something that I really wanted.”
Thomas also finished first on the uneven parallel bars (career-best 9.4) and balance beam (9.3) and was second to fellow state placer Morgan on the vault (9.2) and floor exercise (9.25) at Medina High.
The reigning Gazette MVP was the only gymnast to top 9.0 in every event, continuing her remarkable sophomore season that has many coaches touting her as a contender for the state all-around crown.
“Jordyn came in today with a terrific mindset and was ready to do her best,” Blue Devils coach Jacqueline Krist said. “She felt good mentally and physically, and it showed in her attitude. It was a pleasure to watch her compete from start to finish.”
Thomas’ bars and beam routines were superb and the focal point of everyone inside the gym. The latter completed the meet for Brunswick’s team and put an exclamation point on its evening.
Mentor wound up winning the meet with 140.4 points, but the Blue Devils easily grabbed second with 138.85. Solon (135.8), Medina (134.2) and Strongsville (134.1) — all strong district contenders — rounded out the top five.
“Going out and finishing the meet on a high note like that, it’s a feeling that I can’t explain,” Thomas said. “It’s such a relief because you know it might make it or break it for your team, but such a rush at the same time because you know how important it is. It really is incredible.”
The Cardinals’ meet victory also allowed them to leapfrog Medina for the overall GCC championship. The Bees picked up the top seed in the regular season, which counts one-half toward the top prize, but wound up second overall as a result of their fourth-place showing.
Medina sophomore Meghan Deighton placed third in the all-around with a 35.35, one full point ahead of fourth-place finisher Hannah Parmertor of Mentor. She was second on the beam (9.2), fourth on the bars (8.9) and tied for fifth on the floor (8.85).
“Meghan had a very good day, and I’m happy with her entire season,” Bees coach Darcy Ranallo said. “She’s super focused because she has high expectations for herself, but it’s nice to see her be able to take a deep breath after a routine that she knows she just nailed.”
Brunswick senior Hannah Burk and Blue Devils freshman Sophia Tomecko joined Thomas and Deighton on the podium with a pair of top-six showings apiece. Burk was third on the bars (9.1) and floor (9.0) in gaining All-GCC recognition for the fourth straight season, while Tomecko tied for fifth on the bars (career-high 8.85) and was sixth in the all-around (34.0).
Sophomore KaraBeth Nemet (32.8) and Emma Gray (31.15) and freshman Lana Dakdouk (32.35) also competed across the board for Brunswick, which was without all-arounder Anna Taylor, who hurt her right ankle during a weekend practice.
“Our whole team did well, but we can be better and we can finish stronger,” Tomecko said. “Being around these girls every day has shown me that we’re really shaping up for sectionals.”
Sophomore Addison Kasian (33.5) and junior McKinley Kerans (32.85) contributed to Medina’s team mark in the all-around. Freshman Madelyn Deighton, senior Nicole Cannon and sophomore Jenna Sterk counted scores for the Bees, whose best shot at sharing the overall GCC crown was having Brunswick finish ahead of Mentor, coupled with them placing third.
“It wasn’t our best day, but we tried different things and pushed ourselves to get ready for the postseason,” Kerans said. “Things were kind of out of our hands with what was going to happen between Brunswick and Mentor, but I thought our intensity was a lot higher and we had more fun supporting each other than most teams do at big meets.”
MEDINA — Results from the Greater Cleveland Conference Meet at Medina:
Team standings: 1. Mentor 140.4, 2. Brunswick 138.85, 3. Solon 135.8, 4. Medina 134.2, 5. Strongsville 134.1, 6. Shaker Heights 31.0.
Final GCC standings: 1. Mentor 18, 2. Medina 14, 3. Brunswick 12, 3. Solon 12, 5. Strongsville 4, 6. Shaker Heights 0.
Regular-season seeds: 1. Medina 5-0, 2. Mentor 4-1, 3. Solon 3-2, 4. Brunswick 2-3, 5. Strongsville 1-4, 6. Shaker Heights 0-6.
All-around: 1. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 37.15, 2. Kelsey Morgan (Mentor) 36.45, 3. Meghan Deighton (Medina) 35.35, 4. Hannah Parmertor (Mentor) 34.35, 5. Lorissa Schwab (Strongsville) 34.25, 6. Sophia Tomecko (Brunswick) 34.0. Vault: 1. Kelsey Morgan (Mentor) 9.4, 2. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.2, 2. Hannah Parmertor (Mentor) 9.2, 4. Lorissa Schwab (Strongsville) 9.05, 5. Emma Krantz (Solon) 9.0, 5. Brianna Patty (Mentor) 9.0. Uneven parallel bars: 1. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.4, 2. Kelsey Morgan (Mentor) 9.2, 3. Hannah Burk (Brunswick) 9.1, 4. Meghan Deighton (Medina) 8.9, 5. Sophia Tomecko (Brunswick) 8.85, 5. Mallory Bendersky (Solon) 8.85. Balance beam: 1. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.3, 2. Meghan Deighton (Medina) 9.2, 3. Kelsey Morgan (Mentor) 8.5, 3. Lorissa Schwab (Strongsville) 8.5, 5. Taylor Hays (Solon) 8.4, 5. Ainsley Iyles (Mentor) 8.4. Floor exercise: 1. Kelsey Morgan (Mentor) 9.35, 2. Jordyn Thomas (Brunswick) 9.25, 3. Hannah Burk (Brunswick) 9.0, 4. Sierra Prendergast (Mentor) 8.95, 5. Meghan Deighton (Medina) 8.85, 5. Kelsey Kappel (Strongsville) 8.85, 5. Julia Spicer (Strongsville) 8.85.
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