Girls gymnastics: Oswego co-op claims regional title
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media February 2, 2013 6:38PM
Updated: February 2, 2013 10:58PM
The Oswego co-op girls gymnastics team received quite a challenge from Lincoln-Way co-op, but proved to be just a bit stronger, edging the visiting runner-ups 139.925 to 139.175 during Saturday’s Oswego regional.
Downers Grove North was a distant third with a 124.25, followed by Homewood-Flossmoor’s 123.
Oswego co-op will move on to next Wednesday’s Hinsdale Central Sectional, and Lincoln Way co-op will also make the trip as it snagged one of the at-large team qualifiers.
“It was a very exciting day for them today,” Oswego co-op coach Sarah Dugan said. “They were comfortable on their own equipment and had their family and friends here so it was a great environment for them being in these surroundings.”
Sophomore Emily Flammersfeld led the way for Oswego co-op, winning the all-around with a 36.075 and a 9.019 average. Flammersfeld won beam with a 9.125 and floor with a 9.4.
“I was really nervous on beam because I messed up on bars,” Flammersfeld said. “I made sure that I came back on beam and once I got comfortable there everything seemed to go well.”
Floor proved to be a great finish for Oswego. While Flammersfeld led the way, Amanda Padlo, Kathryn Maher, Alexia Stamas and Megan Dobbertin all posted scores between 8.8 and 8.875.
“With this being my senior and final year I knew I had to just go out there and try to have fun with it,” Maher said. “I knew time was running out and didn’t think too much, just did what I needed to do.”
It took a great team effort for Oswego co-op to nip Lincoln-Way co-op, and that included Padlo’s 8.8875 on floor, 8.6 on bars and 8.325, as well as sophomore Auguste Fahrlander’s 9 on vault, Stamas’s 8.85 on floor and Michelle Munoz’s 7.725 on beam and 8.225 on bars.
Lincoln-Way sophomore Kaila Pohrte took second in the all-around with a 35.95 and had second-place finishes on bars and beam and won the vault with a 9.275. Teammate Samantha Duggan was fourth in the all-around with a 34.425 and sophomore Shelby Wiktor was fifth with a 33.9.
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Aleigha Williams took second on vault with a 9.075 and tied for second on bars with an 8.65.
Yorkville sophomore Brook Stuepfert was 10th on vault with an 8.625. Her score was good enough to earn a trip to next Wednesday’s Hinsdale Central Sectional via an at-large bid.