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Tue., Feb. 12 - The Battlefield gymnastics team earned its first trip back to the state finals as a team since 2011 this past weekend after placing second in the Northwest Regional championship behind Stafford. Meanwhile, several local swimming teams are sending members to the Group AAA state finals after competitive showings Friday at regions.
BHS gymnasts, local swimmers qualify for states
© Gainesville TimesThe Battlefield gymnastics team earned its first trip back to the state finals as a team since 2011 this past weekend after placing second in the Northwest Regional championship behind Stafford.
Meanwhile, several local swimming teams are sending members to the Group AAA state finals after competitive showings Friday at regions.
At Freedom High School in South Riding on Feb. 7, Battlefield's gymnasts avenged their disappointing third-place finish at regions last year with a state-qualifying silver showing this year despite earning fewer points.
Only the top two teams from each of the four regions in the state make it to states.
Stafford won the meet with 144.950 points, a 1.150-point improvement from last season when the Indians ended up second.
Yet Battlefield punched the other ticket to the state finals at Centreville High School on Feb. 15 and 16 with a score of just 138.400, topping third-place Brooke Point's tally of 134.400. Osbourn Park (132.125) and Freedom (130.950) rounded out the top five.
In 2011, Battlefield won regions with 144.084 points while Stafford ended up second with 143.109 points.
Last year, the Bobcats' score of 142.775 put them 1.025 points behind Stafford, forcing them to miss states.
Battlefield head coach Mary Henry said after the team's district win the prior week that she would feel comfortable with a score of 140 or higher.
That suggests even though Battlefield didn't meet expectations, Brooke Point and Osbourn Park couldn't capitalize either.
Henry's team relied on consistency among all four of their scorers for any event to win rather than bank on an exceptionally solid performance from an individual.
Only two Bobcats scored at least a 9.1 at all Thursday.
June Mumo earned a team-high 9.175 on the floor and a 9.15 on the vault.
Her fellow senior Kassie Krivo came in just behind Mumo on the floor with a 9.1 and claimed the same score on beam.
Mumo and Krivo both qualified for states as individual competitors in those same events along with teammate Erika Harrington, who is set to compete in Centreville on vault.
A week after winning the school's first-ever post-season title, the Patriot boys swimming team took fourth place at the Northwest Region finals Friday night in Manassas while Cardinal District champion Osbourn Park claimed second for the boys and girls.
Even though Patriot sent swimmers to states last year, this year will mark the first time some individual members are competing in more than just one event each.
Andrew Proper earned fourth in the 100 yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200 yard freestyle while teammate Thomas Scott claimed fourth in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 yard butterfly.
Individual swimmers who finished in the top six for an event earned an automatic bid to states and relay teams finishing in the top three did the same.
That last bit hurt the Patriot boys' medley and freestyle relay teams, which both finished in fourth.
"We had some hopes there," said PHS head coach Lisa Bussian. "We were next in line and seeded next in line in both cases."
Proper and Scott aren't the only Pioneers headed to states though.
For the girls, Mary Claire Tansill checked in fourth place showing in the 100 yard breaststroke and Samantha Baird claimed fifth in the 200 yard freestyle.
Tansill's sister Amy took the silver in the same event as Mary Claire, who Bussian identified as Patriot's best chance for reaching the podium at states.
"They ended up swimming right next to each other," said the coach.
She added that both swimmers earned state cuts after dropping their times from earlier.
Amy Tansill actually did take home the gold in a separate event for OP as a member of the 200 yard medley relay team that also featured stand-out performer Emma Skelley.
Skelley won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events as an individual swimmer and also anchored the the victorious 400 yard freestyle relay team.
As for Patriot, Bussian mentioned that her four state qualifiers are all year-round swimmers who are "probably going to be focusing on their starts and turns" in the run-up to the Group AAA championship on Feb. 15 and 16 at the George Mason University Aquatic and Fitness Center in Fairfax.