Published in The News-Herald
February 17, 2020
It was a bright, sunny day outside West Geauga’s Wolvarena on Feb. 17, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good day to end a drought or two.
Freshman Mary Cowan and sophomore Presley Gabram finished first and third in the all-around, leading Kenston to a second-place finish in the sectional gymnastics meet. The district berth ends a six-year district drought for Coach Nicole Martorello’s Bombers.
Sandwiched in between Cowan and Gabram in the all-around was Mayfield’s Becca Fritz, who missed out on advancing to the district level a year ago with what she termed “subpar” performances in the vault and balance beam. But the senior Wildcat made the all-around grade Feb. 17, which will send her to the district meet next week.
The top 12 in each of the four events — vault, beam, bars and floor exercise — all advance to the district meet at West Geauga on Feb. 22, as well as the sectional’s top four teams — Hudson (140.3), Kenston (136.18), Mentor (136.15) and Solon (135.925).
“This is the best feeling in the world,” Cowan said of her team’s district berth.
Gabram nodded her head in approval. After all, she was on the team last year when the Bombers fell well short of the district meet.
“It’s been our goal since the beginning of the season, so it’s cool,” Gabram said. “We didn’t make it to district last year. It’s super cool we were able to make it this year.”
Presley won the floor exercise, edging out West Geauga’s Ally Ange, 9.4-9.375.
“My warmups were a little rough,” Presley admitted. “I knew I had to go out and give it my all. … After my last pass, I was really excited. I stuck it.”
Cowan was second in the bars and beam. Her 9.175 in the bars was second to Fritz, while her 8.90 in the beam was second to Gilmour’s Sophia Giancola.