Troy proved they were the top team in the Dayton area with an impressive win over area teams at the Dayton Championship meet at Miamisburg High School last Saturday. After the four events were finished, Troy recorded a 138.85, which easily beat runner up Centerville who had 135.83.
Troy started the meet on floor with Sayaka Nakada, Lizzie Deal, Abby Baker, Grace Dwyer, Claire Buerger and Minori Nakada competing. Their routines were strong and clean earning high scores among the 51 competitors. Lizzie scored the highest for Troy with an 8.95 earning her a second place finish. The next four Trojans were all in a row with Abby taking 9th (8.70), Claire 8th (8.725), Minori 7th (8.825), and Grace 6th (8.85). Sayaka got an 8.25 earning her the 21st spot.
The six Trojans competing on vault were Lizzie, Abby, Grace, Claire, Minori and Kayla Coate. Claire earned an 8.95 giving her the highest score for Troy and 2nd place overall. Minori was right behind her with an 8.90 4th place finish. Lizzie (8.60) and Grace (8.20) finished 7th and 8th respectively. Abby (8.075) and Kayla (8.025) finished 13th and 14th.
Next up were the bars with Lizzie, Abby, Grace, Claire, Minori and Miranda Silcott competing. Minori won the entire event with a beautiful routine that scored an 8.8. Grace (8.575) and Lizzie (8.55) came in 4th and 5th. Claire came in 10th with 8.4, Abby 17th (8.0) and Miranda 27th (7.15).
Despite a few girls having falls on beam, Troy came away with three girls placing in the top ten. Grace got the highest score for Troy (8.95) which earned her a 3rd place finish. Following right behind her were Lizzie (8.90) and Minori (8.65) who came in 4th and 5th place. Rounding out the Trojan competitors were Claire (8.05), Kayla (7.75) and Sayaka (7.75).
For the all-around, it was four Trojans in the top five. Minori won the entire competition with a 35.175. Lizzie came in 2nd (35.00), Grace 4th (34.55) and Claire 5th (34.125).
The Trojans will prep this week for the district meet on Saturday morning at Lakota High School. Troy will be competing against 30 other teams from southwest Ohio. The top two teams move on to the state meet in Hilliard the following week. In addition to advancing as a team, Troy has a good chance of sending several girls to state as individual competitors. Only the top six athletes in each event and the all-around move on to state competition.