The Troy High School Gymnastics team headed off to their first State meet since 2000 last week. The Trojans qualified for state by winning the district title the previous week. They were joined in the district by runner-up Centerville and competed against a total of eleven other teams in the state. Troy ended up with a score of 137.775 which was good enough for a 6th place finish.
In high school gymnastics, only six girls from each team are allowed to compete on each event and only the top four scores count towards the team score. Competing on vault were Lizzie Deal, Abby Baker, Grace Dwyer, Claire Buerger, Minori Nakada and Miranda Silcott. The high score for the Trojans came from Dwyer with a 9.025, followed closely by Buerger with a 8.950. Deal contributed to the team score with an 8.80 as did Nakada with an 8.650.
On bars, the Trojans had the same six girls compete. Nakada is the team powerhouse on bars and got the high score for the team with an 8.825. Buerger contributed an 8.475, Dwyer an 8.30 and Deal a 7.9875.
On beam, the Trojans have great depth but as mentioned before, can only have six girls compete. Lanie Hagan had a fantastic beam routine at districts and was given the chance to do it again at the state meet. She came away with an 8.975, the high score for the Trojans. Senior Kayla Coate, who was injured for districts, was given one last chance to compete as a Trojan and pulled off an 8.7, the second highest score for the team. Dwyer and Buerger both contributed an 8.65.
On floor, the Trojans struggled a bit more than usual with scores much lower than those received throughout the season. Buerger got the high score for the Trojans with an 8.60. Dwyer was right behind her with an 8.575, followed by Deal (8.5) and Nakada (8.275).
After more than five hours of competing, awards were presented and Troy got the great news they were the sixth best team in the State. It was a fantastic end to the season and a great way to end the gymnastics career’s for Buerger, Coate, Dwyer and Nakada.