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After a one-year absence from the state gymnastics championship, Battlefield finished fifth out eight teams this past weekend at Centreville High School.
BHS gymnasts finish fifth at states
© Gainesville TimesAfter a one-year absence from the state gymnastics championship, Battlefield finished fifth out eight teams this past weekend at Centreville High School.
It marked the final high school competition for six out of the nine team members as the seniors are all set to graduate this summer.
The Bobcats tallied a total of 138.7 points, putting the team 9.4 points behind Floyd Kellam, the team that topped then-second place Battlefield for the state title in 2010.
Last year's runner-up Washington-Lee repeated its performance by placing second (147.2), followed by 2011 state champion Great Bridge (146.275) and Northwestern Region champion Stafford (144.025).
Atlee (135.925), Mills Godwin (134.275) and McLean (115.425) rounded out the competition on Friday.
Battlefield's best event performance came on the vault, with a team score of 35.95. That comes as a point of pride for the team after head coach Mary Henry mentioned after the regional meet that her girls specifically worked to increase their difficulty in that event.
Erika Harrington led the way with Battlefield's best overall showing of the entire day with a 9.2 on vault, giving the Bobcats one of four scores above a 9.0 at finals.
That score came from a pike tsukahara even after a fell.
According to Henry, Harrington asked after a fall me "what she should do thinking she could probably stick her (second) attempt at a tuck tsuk. I asked her how did she want to finish her high school career? Playing it safe or going for it? She grinned and said she was going for it."
Her teammate June Mumo also planted a 9.05 while Victoria Krivo and Kassie Krivo hit marks of 8.9 and 8.8 respectively.
A day later, Mumo scored a 9.125 during the individual competition.
Kassie earned a 9.15 of her own on the balance beam, just 0.025 above teammate Jena Schroeder in the same event, to round out Battlefield's 9.0-plus performers.
As an individual, Kassie broke the 9.0 barrier again with a 9.075, placing her in 22nd overall.
The Bobcats banked on consistency on the floor given that three of the team's top four ended up within 0.05 of each other: Kassie Krivo (8.875), Mumo (8.850) and Kelli Herr (8.825). Patchan ended up 0.275 points behind Herr.
Mumo actually did considerably better as an individual performer Saturday when her score of 9.075 put her in 27th overall. Kassie nearly duplicated her mark from the team competition with an 8.850.
Few teams performed particularly well on bars at states and Battlefield was not an exception as only Mumo (8.715) and Harrington (8.2) broke the 8.0 mark.
Kellam, Great Bridge and Washington-Lee stole the show instead with multiple individuals from each school hitting above a 9.0.
No other teams did the same.