Katie Stuart finished in first place in three out of four events to take the all-around title as Lambert gymnastics won the Forsyth County Championship Saturday at BIO Gymnastics.
Stuart, signed to continue her gymnastics career at the University of Kentucky next year, scored highest in vault with a score of 9.55, along with a 9.5 on bars and a 9.4 on beam. Despite the dominant performance, she admitted there were nerves during warm ups.
“I thought the event was really good,” Stuart said. “It was a little rough at first, but it turned out good. The equipment was just a little not what I was used to.”
Overall, Lambert swept medals in vault and bars. Alaine Steinberg placed second in both of those categories, while Maddy Lord placed third on bars and Delaney Givens placed third in vault for the Lady Longhorns.
Lord finished third in all-around.
Lambert coach Michelle Drehoff felt confident the Longhorns could finally take the title this season. Forsyth Central won the first two years of the event, but this was the first year Lambert had its entire team available.
“It helps when you have all of your talent,” Drehoff said. “For us it's good. Just basically to be able to have everyone together for the sake of team, not just doing well. They're a good group of girls. Everyone hass worked really hard this year.”
South Forsyth's Maddy Sims won floor with a score of 9.3 and also placed second in beam to finish second in all-around.
While Forsyth Central's Lauren Gist was the only Gym Dawg to to finish in the top three of any category, tying West Forsyth's Aundria Crittenden, Central still managed to finish second place as a team.
South coach Kelly Lamb, who hosted the event, continues to be encouraged by the increased turnout.
“I think it was a great day for the girls. I think they had a lot of fun and there was some great gymnastics,” Lamb said. “I love that this keeps growing, this is the largest crowd that we've ever had. So I just think that we're bringing awareness of gymnastics to the community.”
Seniors on each squad were honored following the competition. As well, the athletes were able to stand on the actual gymnastics podium from the 1996 Olympics, hosted in Atlanta.
“We thought that would add something special,” Lamb said.
1. Lambert (109.3)
2. Central (106.5)
3. South (100.7)
4. West (92.95)
1. Katie Stuart, Lambert (37.55)
2. Maddy Sims, South (36.35)
3. Maddy Lord, Lambert (35.9)
1. Katie Stuart, Lambert (9.55)
2. Alaina Steinberg, Lambert (9.35)
3. Delaney Givens, Lambert (9.3)
1. Katie Stuart, Lambert (9.5)
2. Alaina Steinberg, Lambert (9.3)
3. Maddy Lord, Lambert (9.2)
1. Katie Stuart, Lambert (9.4)
2. Maddy Sims, South (9.25)
3. Lauren Gist, Central (9); Aundria Crittenden, West (9)
1. Maddy Sims, South (9.3)
2. Katie Stuart, Lambert (9.1), Aundria Crittenden, West (9.1)
Central: Sarah English, Rachel Ganus, Stephany Tourtilotte, Kristina Kinneer
Lambert: Emily Fye, Delaney Givens, Katie Stuart
South: Courtney Harding
West: Kayleigh Farragut