CENTERVILLE – The Darke and Shelby county high school gymnasts competed on Saturday at Centerville High School for the Elks Invitational in their second meet of the season.
There were 18 teams and 55 gymnasts competing in the event at Centerville. Among the competitors were gymnasts from Arcanum, Franklin Monroe, Greenville and Versailles. Ansonia junior Amber Aultman missed her second consecutive meet with an injury.
Arcanum’s Emma Smith and Greenville’s Sydney Oda both competed on vault, bars and beam. Smith increased her bars and vault scores this meet
Arcanum’s Cheyenne White competed all-around, ranking 25th again, increasing her all-around score by 2.40 points. She also had a great beam score and was 11th on that event.
Franklin Monroe’s Leighana Rautsaw also competed all-around, ranking 27th again, but led the Darke County team in all-around increase of 2.80 points.
Versailles’ gymnastics team had another historic day. The Tigers placed first again as a team with a team score improving a total of 2.88 over last meet.
They also beat the second place team, Centerville, by 3.85 points. Versailles scored a total of 140.275, Centerville was second with a 136.425, and Troy ranked third with 135.025.
Scoring for Versailles, senior Katelyn Kingrey got fifth on vault, fourth on bars, seventh on floor and seventh all-around with a 34.275. Junior Jorja Pothast improved her vault, bars and floor score this meet by a total of 0.82.
Sophomore Jadyn Barga finished first on vault with a 9.45, first on bars with a 9.225, second on floor with a 9.0 and first all-around with a 36.125. Sophomore Madison Ahrens placed second on vault with a 9.4, sixth on bars, fourth on beam, first on floor with a 9.075 and third all-around with a 35.775 .
Freshman Ellie Barga had a terrific meet with an increase in her all-around score of 1.45 points and placed third on bars, fifth on beam and eighth all-around. Also as a freshman, Jada Barlage participated on floor, increasing her score by 0.35, and vault.