Feb. 18, 2010
By Mal Boright
Second best in the state, by a couple of points.
That was the finish Saturday for the Champlain Union High gymnastics team which got nudged by Essex High in the Vermont Championship Meet at the Essex High gym.
Observer photo by Pogo Senior
Grace Carey shows perfect form as she reaches for the lower bar at the start of her routine. Visit willistonobserver.com for more photos of the gymnastics competition.
The Redhawks put up a total of 134.45 points to 136.8 for the Hornets, who captured their fifth consecutive championship. CVU, third a year ago, returned to the runner-up position, edging out South Burlington High which finished with 131.9 points.
The Rebels and Essex (narrowly) were the only teams to defeat the Redhawks during head-to-head competition this season.
Leading the winners was all-around title holder Mary Parmenter, a junior from Essex, who edged out CVU sophomore Ashley Bachand for the honor. Parmenter had 36.95 points to 36.125 for the Redhawks’ star.
Bachand, the Redhawks’ top performer, missed the championships last year due to illness and had some nagging injuries for part of this season. But she was on her game Saturday.
She won the vault and the balance beam, edging second place Parmenter in the two events. Parmenter, the final competitor of the day, then turned in a superb 9.5 performance in floor exercise to nip Bachand, who had earlier checked in with a 9.35 routine. Both girls, best of friends by the way, drew loud applause at the finish of their routines.
Parmenter’s overall victory came primarily with a first place on the bars, where Bachand, due to a fall, wound up sixth.
The two will no doubt tangle again for the crown next year.
In a discussion following her final event, Bachand said she felt good about her day.
“The bars did not go so well, but the other three events were fine,” she said with a smile.
CVU teammate Amanda Holman turned in a solid routine in floor exercise to capture third place with a 9.2 score.
Freshman Grace Carey took fourth place on the bars while another freshman, Madison Bourdeau, tied for fourth on the beam.
Coach Jason Fleming called it, “a good day” overall.
Nine teams plus unattached individuals took part in the annual competition.