Standley Lakes Hannah Bissani was just a few bobbles off during last Saturday’s gymnastics all-around competition in the Overland Invitational. …
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Standley Lakes Hannah Bissani was just a few bobbles off during last Saturday’s gymnastics all-around competition in the Overland Invitational. Yet, she was quite pleased with her overall accomplishments.
Bissani scored a 37.35 to finish third, being nipped by first-place winner Danae Goldsberry of Elizabeth (37.575) and runner-up Erica Pollack of Fort Collins (37.45). As for the individual events, she was third on the balance beam (9.435), fourth on floor (9.6) and vault (9.425) and 13th on bars (8.9).
However, Bissani had hoped her team had come through for a higher finish. The Gators scored 176.9 to finish fourth among the 14 teams in the competition behind champion Overland (179.55), Elizabeth (178.15) and Fort Collins (177.075).
“The key for me individually was knowing what I had to do and to just get the job done,” Bissani said. “I was very pleased with my floor and the beam and those two events made me feel better today. I felt confident, but I certainly hope to be doing better in all my events as we go through the season. I’m proud of my teammates, yet I do wish we could have had just a few more points in the team competition.”
It certainly turned out to be a close finish among the top four teams. In fact, Mountain Range was not that far off the pace, either, as the Mustangs scored 175.225.
Goldsberry felt she was an unexpected all-around winner. She finished second on the balance beam (9.525), second on floor (9.675), fourth on the uneven bars (9.325) and 10th on vault (9.0). She was beaten by Erica Pollack of Fort Collins on beam (9.6) and Loveland’s Claire Hammen on floor (9.8). Hammen also won vault 9.6 while Taylor Molliconi of Mountain Range was the gold medal winner on the bars (9.55).
“I didn’t feel that I would get first place coming in - this is so unexpected,” Goldsberry said. “I was just hoping to place in the top six. I’ve been doing really well this season and it just turned out to be a great day. I just wanted to go out and do what I know how to do.”
Mountain Range coach Jo-di Tapia also had high hopes for a higher team finish. But when it came to her teams efforts on the bars, she was overjoyed.
That’s where the Mustangs tallied a 43.975 with Taylor Molliconi winning the individual title with a 9.55 score.
Molliconi also finished second on vault with a score of 9.55, just being nipped by Loveland’s Claire Hammen, 9.8.
But the two efforts helped her to finish sixth in the all-around (36.7) as she had to settle for 12th on beam (9.1) and a disappointing 32nd on floor (8.5).
“Our bars were phenomenal, our best ever,” Tapia beamed. “Our top three - Taylor, Sydeny Kotar (9.15) and Maddie Rivas (8.9) - have been consistent and everyone came through. We need a little more overall improvement from our four-five and six girls as they need to step up and be more consistent. On the whole, it was an up and down day. Up was the bars, that’s for sure.
“Taylor had a fantastic bar and great vault routines,” Tapia said. “She put in a new skill on floor and had a fall and she had one fall on beam. She is so solid on the bars, just becoming strong on everything.”
Rivas finished 11th in the all-around (35.95) and felt she came through with a pretty good day.
“Individually, I did relatively well,” said Rivas, who was fifth on the beam (9.325). “I improved on the beam and bars (8.9) and especially vault (8.95). The team did great and we are getting much better and we are gaining a fine positive attitude. I’m proud of all the girls on our team. It was a long day.”
Rivas would also come through with her 13th on both the bars and vault and 19th on floor (8.775) to round out her day.
And, it was a pretty good day for the Mustangs’ Sydney Faust, who was able to come through with a ninth-place finish on floor (9.2).
“Our bars, as a team, was the best in history,” added Faust. “We were all enthused by how we did. We’re much more together as a team and that helps our competitiveness on the hole and we pulled together as a team, as we should. I’m pleased with my effort. I’m new on beam (8.025) and it could have been better.”
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