By Patricia Duffy
For the Forsyth County News
You can see the fire in Brianna Greenlow’s eyes when she salutes the judges.
It’s that determination and focus, along with years of training, that earned the Lambert gymnast her third straight county all-around title at the Forsyth County Gymnastics Championships on Saturday at South Forsyth High.
Despite being unable to compete in the county meet her freshman year, when she sustained two broken ankles, Greenlow has enjoyed success in the three years since, thanks in large part to her difficulty level, power, and clean lines.
“I just really wanted to defend my title,” Greenlow said. “(My) freshman year, I didn’t get to compete because I was in a wheelchair. It was nice seeing myself come this far.”
In her final season with the Lambert Longhorns, the William and Mary signee enjoyed a near-perfect outing, winning vault, all-around and tying for the floor title. Her highest-scoring performance of the day came on vault, where she performed a clean, powerful layout and scored a 9.900–0.5 higher than last year’s vault winner.
“It’s funny because vault has been the event that I’ve struggled most on,” Greenlow said. “This year I really put in the work, and I’ve seen it pay off a lot. To get that score was special.”
The talented senior was the center of attention in the final rotation. With the last floor routine of the day, the crowd fell silent. As coaches and athletes from around the county cheered her on, Greenlow did what she does best: twisted her way to victory. Her routine, which included an opening front one-and-half and a nearly perfect two-and-a-half dismount, was met with roaring applause.
On the team front, West Forsyth defended its 2018 title, winning with a team score of 109.875, despite some tough competition from newcomer Denmark, which finished just a point back with a 108.875. West and Denmark shared the top two team spots on each apparatus except floor, where Denmark finished 1.3 points back from West. That ended up being the difference maker in the end.
Strong performances by the Wolverines and Danes mark an exciting opportunity for the county. While West will look to earn its third straight state title in the upper division of Class 6A and Class 7A, Denmark, a Class 4A school, will vie for the inaugural title of the new lower division.
“I’m excited that they were able to start a school and a team. That says great things about the community we live in and how strong gymnastics is as a sport,” West head coach Ashley Owen said about the Danes.
As for West, it’s all about peaking at the right place, right time.
“We’re going to have to make sure that we’re improving our focus over the next month so that when we go into prelims we’re competing at almost our peak,” Owen said. “We all know there are still areas of improvement for us. We know there are skills we’re not throwing yet. We know there are still things that we’re working on.”
For the next month, the focus for all of the county teams will be upgrades and cleaning up routines as the pressure of a tough state preliminary competition lingers.
Forsyth County Gymnastics Championships results:
1. Brianna Greenlow, Lambert, 9.900
2. (tie) Chase Brock, Denmark, 9.850
2. (tie) Olivia Blakely, West Forsyth, 9.850
1. Sarah Wilson, Denmark, 9.700
2. Brianna Greenlow, Lambert, 9.600
3. Chase Brock, Denmark, 9.550
1. Ella Castellanos, West Forsyth, 9.550
2. Chase Brock, Denmark, 9.450
2. Hallie Stocker, West Forsyth, 9.400
1. (tie) Brianna Greenlow, Lambert, 9.800
1. (tie) Sarah Wilson, Denmark, 9.800
3. Gabby Hart, Lambert, 9.700
1. Brianna Greenlow, Lambert, 38.550
2. Sarah Wilson, Denmark, 38.475
2. Chase Brock, Denmark, 38.350
1. West Forsyth, 109.875
2. Denmark, 108.875
3. Lambert, 106.750
4. Forsyth Central, 101.650
5. South Forsyth, 97.800