By Craig Harper
For the Courier
A common theme prevailed for Chatfield, Columbine and Evergreen’s top gymnasts at the 5A/4A Jeffco League championships on Oct. 19 at Evergreen High School: good but there’s room for improvement heading into this week’s regionals and the following week’s state meets.
Columbine’s Baylie Trammel took fourth place in the all-around with 37.075 points, followed by Chatfield’s Ana Eyssimont (fifth with a season-best 36.925). But Trammel and the Chargers’ Elizabeth Dominguez (eighth at 36.225) fell short of their season bests, while Evergreen’s Callie Cohen, who was third in the 4A state meet last year, stumbled in one of her best events and took ninth with a total of 36.100.
The Lady Cougars posted their best team score of the year (172.500) and took fourth behind Arvada West (183.550), Pomona (179.000) and 4A rival and Jeffco outsider Elizabeth (177.700). Columbine was last in the 10-team field at 152.475. The front-running Lady Wildcats swept the top two spots in the all-around, Veronica Vasina lead the way with 37.650 points, followed by Jessica Jankowski at 37.500. Pomona’s Hadley Hagerman was third at 37.425.
Trammel placed in the top six in three of the four disciplines, including first in the vault (9.650) and third on uneven bars (9.375).
Eyssimont topped her previous best of 36.75, though she fell on her last pass in floor exercise, scoring 8.675 in her first event. She followed with 9.250 in vault, 9.625 for first on beam and 9.375 on bars. Dominguez placed in the top 10 three events with her best score coming on the beam where she was seventh at 9.225.
Cohen began her day with a 9.4 for third on the beam, but struggled with some changes in her bars routine and scored 8.4. “I’ve been trying to add some new skills and I guess I haven’t done enough numbers,” said Cohen, who won the bars title at last year’s state meet. “I’m going to go back to practice and work a lot on bars and try to perfect the skills.
“I had a good beam. I added a few new skills for my floor; I got through that (with a 9.2) but it was a little rough. I fell on my first vault but I landed my second one (9.1).”
Erika Kaiser (18th at 34.325) and Alex Greenbaum (19th at 34.200) finished in the top 20 in the all-around for Evergreen.
Lady Cougars coach Chancey Hines is hoping Anne Lauder can return to the all-around for regionals and state. Lauder, who was ninth on the beam (9.050) suffered a “mental setback on bars” during the middle portion of the season, according to Hines, and has only competed in the other three disciplines.
Evergreen currently has the third-best team score in 4A behind Elizabeth and Thompson Valley (177.725).