Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Ladies get finals berth

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

March 06, 2014

The Grosse Pointe United gymnastics team made it to the state finals after taking third in last weekend’s regional tournament in Plymouth.

The top four teams made it, with Canton winning the title with 147.650 points, followed by other finalists Plymouth, 142.250; Grosse Pointe United, 141.150; and Livonia Blue, 140.450.

Other squads competing in the regional were Saline, Livonia Red, Salem, Northville, Tecumseh, Dearborn Edsel Ford, Adrian and Dearborn Fordson.

On vault in Division 1, Maria Nguyen was second with 9.475 and Isabelle Nguyen was third at 9.350.

In Division 2, Jennifer Gmeiner tied for 12th with 8.800 points, and Michelle Ellis tied for 16th with 8.700 points. Caitlin Gaitley was 25th tied for 25th with 8.600 points.

Others in the Division 2 vault competition were Chandler McClarty with a score of 8.350, and Gyanei Johnson with a score of 8.100. Samantha Rogers had a score of 8.000 to round out Grosse Pointe’s performers in the vault.

In Division 1 on the parallel bars, Isabelle Nguyen won with a score of 9.525 and Maria Nguyen was fourth at 8.925.

In Division 2, Gmeiner was third with a score of 8.750, while Ellis was 19th at 7.775 and Johnson was 36th with a score of 7.050.

On balance beam in Division 1, Maria and Isabelle Nguyen placed seventh and ninth with scores of 8.900 and 8.150 to lead the team.

In Division 2, Ellis and Amy Olson tied for 18th with a score of 8.250. Other United gymnasts who competed on the balance beam were, Brenna Bromwell, 7.925; Gmeiner, 7.800; Johnson, 7.650; McClarty, 7.575; Gaitley, 7.350; Olyvia Shimko, 7.225; and Kelsey Newa, 6.800.

In the Division 1 floor exercise, Isabelle Nguyen was second with a score of 9.550 and Maria Nguyen tied for third with a score of 9.450.

In Division 2, Gmeiner was 16th with a score of 8.700 and Johnson tied for 17th with a score of 8.600.

Ellis also competed and had a score of 8.375, while McClarty had an 8.350 and Olson was at 8.325. Meagan Curran competed and had a 8.250, while Gaitley and Bromwell had scores of 8.125 and 7.725, respectively.

In the Division 2 all-around scoring, Gmeiner was 11th with 34.100 points and Ellis was 18th at 33.100. Johnson earned 31.400 points.

In the Division 1 all-around scoring, Maria Nguyen was third and Isabelle Nguyen fourth with scored of 36.750 and 36.575 points, respectively.

The state finals are set for Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at Plymouth High School.