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Central, Lambert shine at gymnastics state meet
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Lambert’s Delaney Givens and the Lady Longhorns finished third at the state meet last Friday. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Forsyth County was well-represented at Friday’s state gymnastics finals, as Lambert and Forsyth Central finished third and fourth overall, respectively. No other county in Georgia had more than one school participate.

Despite several key injuries over the last few weeks, the Lady Longhorns earned an overall score of 107.550, coming up several points short of champion Buford (110.225) and runner up Carrollton (109.350). Lambert edged Central (107.525) by the slightest of margins.

Lambert junior Katie Stuart won the individual All Around title as well as the vault and uneven bars. Stuart, a Kentucky commit, also finished second in the floor routine.

This was the Lady Bulldogs’ first appearance at state since 2007. Maecie Winter (floor routine), MacKenzie Miller (beam) and Emily Flint (vault) all fared well for Central.

"I thought we did really well," said Central head coach Laurie Karickhoff. "Our girls cod not have done any better. We had several freshmen and we really gelled as a team. I think that this is the first year that our freshmen and our sophomores really understood how gymnastics can be a team sport."

The Lady Bulldogs certainly outperformed their preseason expectations, though this year wasn’t without its fair share of ups and downs. Karickhoff admits that Central’s inexperience prevented the girls from reaching their full potential, but that shouldn’t be an issue again in 2015.

"We felt like our biggest problem this year was a lack of confidence," Karickhoff said. "We had a really bad day at the preliminary state meet, but we still qualified.

"These girls will start next year with a lot more confidence, and that will help us out a lot."