Gymnasts rock and roll at Summit triangular
FARMER’S KORNER –Anybody who says kids don’t learn life lessons from sports, hasn’t listened to Summit High School gymnast Kira Breitholtz.
“On the floor routine, I try to find music with slow parts and fast parts, so I can breath in the middle of it,” Breitholtz said after setting a personal best.
When gymnasts pick their music for the floor routine, they spend lots of time to find the perfect mix. Unless, of course, you’re Tigers captain Claudia Bouvier.
“I don’t care,” she said. “You just pick one.”
Wednesday, the Tigers finished second in their first home meet of the season. Summit’s 156.575 point total fell just short of Bear Creek’s, but 18 points ahead of Conifer’s.
Bouvier led the Tigers with a fourth place in the overall, peaking with an 8.25 on the floor routine. Katie Lindbloom placed sixth overall.
“On the floor, the girls really came back,” Tigers head coach Beth Flaherty said. She wore her green flip flops, complete with green flower. “I didn’t wear these the first meet and it was trouble. I had to pull them out of the closet.”
The Tigers entered the contest ranked fifth in the state. All season, Bouvier has been the leader and top performer. But, like any team sport, it takes a consistent showing from everyone to win.
“We’re consistently getting better,” said sophomore Sarah Lindblom. When Lindblom selected her music, she leaned on her classical piano skills.
“I try to find something that will fit my personality,” Lindblom said. “I’m pretty musical.”
Lindblom said she chooses new music every three years.
“After three years, you just get tired of it,” Lindblom said.
Bouvier, however, ditches her tunes after a single season.
“This was Cuban music from one of my friends,” Bouvier said. “I did the mix myself.”
Breitholtz’s 8.4 on the beam was good enough for a state qualification, while Amelia Meier led the Tigers on the uneven parallel bars with a 8.075. Meier finished fourth in the event and earned a state berth.
On the vault, Kelly Scholl helped the Tigers with an 8.2, while Bouvier led with an 8.4
The Tigers gymnasts travel to Golden Saturday for a 10 a.m. start.
Ryan Slabaugh can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.