Liberty gymnasts stumble against Mount Si

January 15, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

By Christina Corrales-ToyShawna Sarrett, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.0 on Jan. 10 against Mount Si.

Shawna Sarrett, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.0 on Jan. 10 against Mount Si. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Going in to the Patriots’ Jan. 10 meet against Mount Si, Liberty High School gymnastics coach Lori Copenhaver knew it would be an uphill battle.

The relatively short-in-numbers Liberty squad failed to match Mount Si’s strong depth, falling to the Wildcats, 161.05-127.15.

“It was kind of expected, but I think the girls did really well,” Copenhaver said.

Despite the loss, Copenhaver said she was encouraged by what she saw out of her gymnasts, especially seniors Tia Riley and Shawna Sarrett.

“Tia actually had probably her best meet so far this year,” she said.

Riley took second place on the vault with a score of 8.65, and placed third overall with a score of 31.65. Sarrett placed seventh overall with a score of 29.9.

It was the Patriots’ first meet since the holiday break, and with a strong Mount Si team coming up, Copenhaver said it was important to get her gymnasts refocused as they returned to school.

“You’ve just got to work on keeping the girls focused during the week, because we really don’t have a lot of depth,” she said. “It was kind of a better week because they knew who they were going against and so they worked harder.”

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Mount Si’s depth was on clear display, where the Wildcats dominated every event, earning several top-10 finishers in each category.

While Sarrett and Riley were the only Patriots to place in the overall top 10, Liberty gymnasts Helena Frestadius and Candace Baltazar, just missed it. Frestadius placed 11th overall, while Baltazar placed 12th.

“We had some girls that didn’t place that also did awesome, compared to previous meets,” Copenhaver said. “So I’m really proud, even the girls that didn’t get their name called.”

As the season winds to a close, with just two meets left until the conference championships, Copenhaver said Liberty’s focus will be to improve every meet.

“Our expectations are to improve every meet, so I’m hoping that we continue to do so,” she said. “Bars have been one of our weaker events, and we are getting more girls to try bars, and we have some girls that have a lot of potential on vault, so we’re hoping to get more girls involved on that too.”

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