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2019 GYMNASTICS PREVIEW
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Lambert's Brianna Greenlow poses after finishing a routine at the Forsyth County Gymnastics Championship on Saturday, March 25, 2017. - photo by Michael Chung
West Forsyth

Head coach: Ashley Owen, sixth season

Key returners: Catherin Guenther, Sr.; Abby Hager, Sr.; Haleigh Miller, Sr.; Kristin Wise, Sr.; Olivia Blakely, Jr.; Ella Castellanos, Jr.; Natalie Force, Jr.; Hallie Stocker, Jr.; Sammi Capozzi, So.; Emily Charles, So; Emma Grace Powell, So.; Michaeline Schmeelk, So.

Key newcomers: Grayson Grimes, Fr.; Caroline McCallar, Fr.; Sela Neasham, Fr.; Rileigh Sheridan, Fr.

What to know: The rise of the Wolverines as a state power in the sport seems to be reflected in their roster size, which is a good deal larger than their county counterparts. Losing Sienna Schreiber, a senior who has been one of the top performers in the state the past few years, is unfortunate, but the return of Ella Castellanos, Olivia Blakely, Natalie Force and Hallie Stocker, all of whom competed on last year’s title team, is encouraging. West appears to have the ingredients for a three-peat.

South Forsyth

Head coach: Chris Naffky, fourth season

Key returners: Carson Nolan, Jr.; McKenna Willy, So.

Key newcomers: Lia Carter, Fr.

What to know: The War Eagles have been a consistent presence at the state meet in recent years, but only in an individual capacity: South finished eighth overall in the team standings at prelims last season and seventh the year before. Whether they can do that remains to be seen – and the new format of splitting the state between 1-5A and 6-7A classifications will likely play a role – but the War Eagles are likely to have some individual standouts again, like returning All-County honoree Carson Nolan, a junior, and freshman Lia Carter, a Level 9 gymnast.

Forsyth Central

Head coach: Amy Jordan, first year

Key returners: Zoe Benson, Sr.; Meredith Edwards, Sr.; Iza Leslie, Sr.; Kieran Miller, Sr.; Rayna Swafford, Jr.; Shekina Shindano, Jr.; Anna Denissiouk, So.; Kaitlyn Cavanaugh, So.; Kendall Messman, So.; Abby Schuch, So.; Emma Woodall, So.

Key newcomers: Stella Seay, Fr.

What to know: Amy Jordan takes over at head coach for the Bulldogs, replacing Laurie Karickhoff, who had been the longest-tenured gymnastics coach in the county before stepping down after last season. And while Central has been down from its peak recently, missing the state prelims after finishing second overall in the state in 2016, the Bulldogs have one of the largest groups of returners in the country, bringing back 11 gymnasts, including four seniors.

Lambert

Head coach: Meghan Lang, second season

Key returners: Brianna Greenlow, Sr.; Sydney Gillice, Sr.; Kaylee German, Jr.; Esha Patra, Jr.; Briana Kramer, So.

Key newcomers: Shreya Munshi, Fr.; Lauren Mahoney, Fr.

What to know: The Longhorns were the first team out in last year’s state prelims, finishing seventh overall. Their chances at improving that finish and qualifying as a team look promising, though, as they return reigning All-County Gymnast of the Year Brianna Greenlow, a senior William & Mary signee, as well as Esha Patra and Briana Kramer, two contributors from last year. The addition of freshmen Shreya Munshi (Level 9) and Lauren Mahoney (Level 8) should also help.

Denmark

Head coach: Kaylee Satterfield, first season

Key returners: N/A

Key newcomers: Chase Brock, Jr.; Lilly Hansen, Jr.; Sarah Wilson, Jr.

What to know: The Danes have already excelled in one sport of the acrobatic variety, as Denmark’s competition cheerleading team finished as runner-up in Class 4A in the fall. The Danes’ gymnasts’ have a chance to be a strong contender at that level as well, as they’re led by three juniors, including Sarah Wilson, a former standout at South. The fact that the Danes will be competing with schools in the smaller of the two new classifications doesn’t necessarily make things easier for them, as they’ll have to square off with quality programs like Buford, North Oconee and Carrollton.