Redhawk gymnasts land third place at states2/19/09

CVU has bright prospects for next season

Feb. 19, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

A third place finish in the Vermont State Meet was a tad below expectations, but Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics co-coach Rachel Miller believes the Redhawks will bounce right back up into a position to challenge next year.


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Champlain Valley Union High gymnast Kiley Bourdeau spins over the mat as part of her floor routine during Saturday’s state championship meet.


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Corynn Benoit, a junior on the CVU gymnastics team, leaps off the balance beam during the state meet.

Essex High’s veterans did meet expectations and then some, winning the team competition with a record-setting 146.05 points. Essex was led by senior Mary Krug, who easily captured all-around honors for the fourth straight year.

The meet was held Saturday afternoon at Essex High School.

The Redhawks, seeded second in the meet after losing only to the eventual champions during the regular season, wound up third (125.550) behind runner-up St. Johnsbury Academy (127.775).

CVU was without its top individual performer, Ashley Bachand, who was sidelined with the flu.

“Ashley has been sick for about three days,” said Miller. “The others had to step it up and they did.”

Senior co-captain Kiley Bourdeau led the CVU team with an eighth place in all-around. She finished in a tie for sixth on the vault, seventh in floor exercise and ninth on the uneven bars and the balance beam.

CVU’s other co-captain, Bethany Karstens, was eighth on the bars.

Krug captured victories on the bars (an astonishing 9.6 score) and beam, took second to teammate Mary Parmenter in floor exercise, and was sixth on the vault.

Essex swept the top three places in all-around, plus fifth place. Three of the Hornets top performers — Krug, Kimmy Dirmaier and Becca Lee — are seniors, a fact not lost on Miller.

“We have a good group coming back, plus some talented people coming in,” said Miller. “We are looking forward to next season.”

Bourdeau and Karstens were the lone seniors.