Gymastics team clinches first place in city – Web Exclusive

Samantha Weaver | Staff Writer

Mason High School’s varsity gymnastics team beat the standing school record of 137 points—for a total of 139—at the City Championship meet at Fairfield on February 19. The team placed in every event, according to freshman gymnast Brooke Middleton, who placed eighth all around.

“We did really well as a team,” Middleton said. “[We] placed in all four events, which is really good.”

Getting a score of 139 helped the team take first place at the meet, almost four points ahead of its main competition Lakota East, who took second with an overall score of 135.725, according to Middleton.

Senior Olivia Bergesen took fifth overall and placed highest for Mason, while sophomore Anna Taylor placed ninth all around.

The team’s best event was vault, but it also did very well on floor and beam, according to Middleton.

The scores at the City Championship meet reflected well on the season as a whole, according to junior Rachel Hawthorne.

“I feel like [the team] really stepped up this meet and we did…better than we have before,” Hawthorne said. “[We are nearing] the end of our season and preparing for [the] district [championship], so this is a good place to be.”

As Districts nears, the team will be working hard to continue its winning season, according to Hawthorne.

“You have to place first or second [as a team] at Districts to go on to State,” Hawthorne said. “We are planning on nailing it and doing our very best at Districts, then [at State].”

The gymnastics team has been working hard on consistency and teamwork this season, which has really paid off, Middleton said.

“Our teamwork helped us to [place first] overall at this meet,” Middleton said. “Without the team working together as a whole, we wouldn’t have gotten [as far as] we have.”