The Solon girls gymnastics squad finished fourth during the 27-school West Geauga Sectional meet on Sunday to advance to the district competition as a team.
The Lady Comets carded a 133.4 all-around score, bested by champion Mentor, 142.675, runner-up Hudson, 140.775, and third-place Chardon, 134.125.
With their top-four team finish, the Lady Comets will have six gymnasts compete in each of the four events at the Northeast District meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 28, which also will be held at West Geauga High School.
Kenston junior Sammi Nero finished sectional runner-up on the balance beam, 8.95, third on the vault, 9.45, and 12th on the floor exercise, 9.0, to punch her ticket to the next level.
Recording top-12 finishes from West Geauga, meanwhile, were a trio of sophomores.
Caroline Wolfhope placed 10th on the uneven parallel bars, 8.775, and 11th in the all-around, 34.5, while Lexy Ange was 10th on the floor, 9.05, and Maddie Prosek was 11th on the floor, 9.025.
Propelling Solon to the next level, senior Olivia Bell, who has battled injuries all season, placed seventh on the vault, 9.05, and eight on the bars, 8.9, to advance to districts individually. Also, she contributed to her team score with a squad-high 8.725 on the floor as well as a 7.5 on the beam.
The Lady Comets also had a top-12 finish from freshman Lindsay Greenberg, who placed 12th on the beam with an 8.475. She also was the Solon’s second-high scorer on the bars, 8.65, floor, 8.675, and vault, 8.425, for a 34.225 all-around score, which was 0.175 shy of a district berth.
Sophomore Gabby Mazzoli contributed to the team score on the bars, 8.575, floor, 8.575, and beam, 8.0, while freshman Megan Finnerty scored an 8.025 on the vault and a 7.525 on the bars.
Senior Callie Stuart scored an 8.05 on the beam; sophomore Danielle Goodman scored an 8.15 on the floor; and junior Sam Miller scored an 8.1 on the vault.
During the district meet on Feb. 28, the top-16 gymnasts on each apparatus and in the all-around competition as well as the top-five teams will advance to the state championship March 6-7 at Hilliard Bradley High School near Columbus.
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