Rice-led Chargers place second in tri-meet

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Standley Lake wins opener behind Bissani’s efforts; Gators finish with 172.275 points, Chatfield has 165.975

By Chelsy Woods Klein

WESTMINSTER — In the first regular-season gymnastics meet of the season, Chatfield, Evergreen and host Standley Lake faced off Aug. 30. The home gym advantage seemed to prove the added edge for Standley Lake, which took first place with 172.275 points. Chatfield was second with 165.975, and Evergreen placed third with 158.725 points.
The competition was tough, especially for Evergreen, which has a largely young team that lacks depth.
“Chatfield and Standley Lake looked good. They have more depth than we do,” Evergreen head coach Marnie Bello said. “Floor was our best event, and we have a couple girls who have never competed before, so I’m excited to see how they do during the rest of the season.”
Evergreen’s top individual finish was a second place by Emily Rivers in the uneven bars with a score of 8.65. Meanwhile, Standley Lake came out on fire.
“I have coached Standley Lake for 13 years and this was our top first meet score,” said head coach Kristen Larington, who was pleased, if not pensive, about her team’s finish. “They are coming out strong, but they are doing these big skills and they are not quite 100 percent yet. They are wobbly and they are falling a lot, so we have room for improvement.”
Larington was pleased with the talent that sophomore Hannah Bissani demonstrated. Bissani won three individual events en route to a top all-around score of 36.6.
“She competed in finals at state last year, so it wasn’t a big surprise to see her do well,” Larington said.
When asked about her team’s competition, Larington knew that the first meet is more of a nice-to-meet-you event than it is a nice-to-see-you-again ordeal.
“Chatfield has obvious talent. I think that if they roll with it and if they hit they will be big,” Larington said.
“And Evergreen is young, but once they get in the groove of competing they are gonna be up there.”
Chatfield was leb by Baylee Rice, who came in second on the vault (8.825), third on the uneven bars (8.55) and fourth on the balance beam (8.9) to finish third in the all-around with a 34.375 score. Amanda Clements placed second in the balance beam (9.2) and Elizabeth Dominguez ws third on the floor exercise (8.9).
Lady Chargers head coach Chanel Chavez was happy with the effort that she saw from her team, but knows, like Larington, that the first meet is just the start of the journey.
“The girls have a lot of talent this year and they have a shot at doing really well if I can keep them healthy,” Chavez said. “I am really happy with all four of my seniors. They did really well, but I was impressed with my freshman Cassidy Guttormson, who stepped up and filled some varsity positions and handled the pressure well.”