Girls’ gymnastics wins Comet Cup – Web Exclusive

Janie Simonton | Staff Writer

The Mason girls’ gymnastics team tucked its third of three wins under its belt on January 16.

According to senior Kara Esler, the sweeping eight-point win the Comets held over Clayton Northmont was enormous.

“We definitely did really well, because eight points is a huge, huge amount,” Esler said. “Usually you win by two [points], if that. Sometimes it’s really close and you can win by a couple [of] tenths.”

Esler led the team in the Cup, winning all-around, bars and floor with scores of 35.15, 9.15 and 8.9, respectively.

Esler said she was happy with her performance for the Comets.

“It was my first high school meet, and I just wanted to go out there, have fun and try to do my best,” Esler said. “I think I definitely did that and it was just a lot of fun.”

Coach Kelly Wones said that first-year senior Esler’s debut performance showed great hope for the future.

“[Esler] has had a great impact on the team, not only with her gymnastics ability and scores, but also in the area of leadership and leading by example,” Wones said.

In addition to Esler, Wones said she looks to seniors Sarah Taylor and Jenna Bookman, juniors Lauren Brune and Olivia Bergesen, sophomore Jenna Bovenzi and freshman Anna Taylor to perform well for the Comets this season.

Bergesen said the girls hope to make it to state as a team this year.

“We have a really good team this year, [so it’s possible],” Bergesen said. “It was one of our goals last year and we missed it by just a few points.”

Wones said that in addition to the state qualification, the team has other goals in mind.

“We have a long way to go until the end of February, so we need to remain focused, humble and dedicated to the task at hand,” Wones said. “We also strive for each gymnast on the team to improve [her] skill level, performance and overall confidence by the end of the season.”