Despite having a small team that needs improvement, the Standley Lake gymnastics team still pulled out a victory Sept. 18 in a meet against Columbine and Evergreen at Standley Lake High School.
The Gators scored a 168.875 overall with Evergreen coming in right behind them scoring 167.000. Columbine came in third place with a score of 136.750. Standley Lake’s points were the highest score they’ve produced this season thus far.
“There’s still tons of improvement and the girls know that,” head coach Kristen Larington said. “I think it’s slowly but surely coming up there, but when you don’t have the numbers, it’s just a lot of pressure on six girls to hit it every single time.
The Gators started off on the vault really well with four girls placing in the top six. Senior Jordan Ireland scored a 9.350 for a second place finish, guiding her team to 43.200 total points for the vault.
The balance beam was a struggle for the Gators since there were at least three girls who fell off the beam. The team scored fourth, fifth and sixth in the event. Standley Lake performed better as the night went on, but still fell in events they shouldn’t have been falling in.
“There are still girls falling in events,” Larington said. “We’re used to falling in beam, but when you’re falling on bars and floor, there’s something that’s not right there. We had a lot of that today.”
The Gators placed first overall in the uneven bars and second on the floor routine overall. Ireland won fourth place on the balance beam and second on the uneven bars. She won first place in the floor routine with a 9.200 score.
Larington said Ireland is improving every meet, but still has a lot of growth. She said Ireland is working on big skills, but won’t implement them in a meet until she’s confident.
“I’m really proud of my performance tonight,” Ireland said. “Just landing all my skills, I felt better about it.”
The Gators will travel to Pomona High School Sept. 26 to compete in meet against Pomona and Chatfield. Larington said the team needs to stay healthy since they have a little team and can’t afford to lose anybody.
“The problem with a small team is you don’t have back up,” Larington said. “You have no one to hang on, when you have an injury, that’s all we have.”