ARVADA — Juggling academics and athletics is a challenge for any high school athlete, especially early in the school year. The Chatfield Chargers’ gymnastics team knows that.
Their tri-meet Sept. 5 at Arvada West High School, which included 4A Evergreen, was pretty much a one-sided affair, as the host Lady Wildcats were dominant in all four events. Arvada West had the top two scorers in every event, including the top five in the balance beam, to score 178.55 points. Chatfield was second with 162.025, and Evergreen was third at 148.575.
“It’s been a long week for these girls. They’re a little tired, a little rundown. They’re still trying to get used to the long days with a full day at school and three hours of practice. They’re getting there,” Chatfield Senior head coach Chanel Chavez said.
Jessica Jankowski won both the vault (9.1) and floor exercise (9.6) for Arvada West. Jillian Kerr led the runaway on the beam with a 9.5, while Veronica Vasina had the top score on the bars (9.0).
Chatfield’s top performer was Ana Eyssimont. The Lady Chargers senior finished third on the floor exercise with a 9.225 and third on the bars with an 8.6.
“I did OK. I could do better, can always do better,” Eyssimont said.
Chatfield’s Elizabeth Dominguez took fifth on the vault with a score of 8.55, and she tied for fifth in the floor exercise with a 9.05.
Sophomore Callie Cohen was the top Evergreen gymnast. She came in fourth on the bars with an 8.5 total and sixth on the beam with an 8.95. While the Lady Cougars have room to grow, competing against 5A schools is a good proving ground, she said.
“It’s definitely different competing with the 5A. They’re so amazing,” Cohen said. “It’s actually motivating for our team to see them working, see them competing. I think our team did OK this meet, but there’s definitely room for improvement.”
Chavez sensed the same thing for her Chatfield squad. She said there’s a lot the Lady Chargers could learn from Arvada West.
“We just have to watch them and actually take into consideration what we have. We just need to have our practices count, really focus on our practices and what we can do, and do our best every single time,” Chavez said.
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