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Locals shine for Summit gymnastics

Bouvier, along with fellow Huskies Katie Lindbloom and Marki Sindlinger, spent a good portion of the fall season riding over the Vail Pass to compete for the Summit High School gymnastics team.

The mileage didn’t go for naught. Bouvier and Lindbloom helped Summit qualify for the 4A state meet for the first time as a team and the Tigers placed for the first time in the school’s history.

“It shows how dedicated these girls are to make the trip over here five or six times a week,” Summit coach Beth Flaherty said. “Obviously, the sport is very important to them. Very few athletes their age make that sort of sacrifice.”

Both Bouvier and Lindbloom competed for the Vail Mountain School in 2001. But when that program folded, they started the Interstate-70 shuttle.

Bouvier had competed for the Tigers as a freshman, but still it was an adjustment for the Huskies to the new situation.

“It was hard starting out in the beginning when we didn’t know anybody,” Lindbloom said. “Once we got to know the rest of the team by spending the night on on trips to meets, we had a lot of fun. We bonded.”

It didn’t hurt that the new kids in town were more than able to pull their weight. Lindbloom was voted by her teammates the MVG – most valuable gymnast.

“The coaches and the team felt she was the most consistent and dependable gymnast,” Flaherty said. “She always posted high scores for our team. In addition to that, she peaked at state.”

There, Lindbloom finished 16th in the team competition, just missing the top 15, which would have qualified her for the individual finals. But, by doing that as only a sophomore, the future seems bright indeed for Lindbloom.

Meanwhile, Bouvier advanced to the individual competition and picked up ninth-place finishes in both the balance beam and the vault. For Bouvier, the individual competition was a great – but, at times – nerve-racking experience.

“It was really exciting and it was kind of scary,” Bouvier said. “There were about 1,000 people just watching me. On the beam, I almost fell and the audience just gasped. It just made me realize how many people were watching.”

Bouvier will hope to use that experience in her senior year next fall, when she’ll serve as the team’s captain.

“I think it will be a good year,” she said. “I hope to help the team. It’s a pretty big responsibility, but I’m excited.”

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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