With some athletes out of action for the Suburban League Championships, Twinsburg's already young gymnastics team had fewer athletes to compete, but there were plenty of positives for the Tigers.
Twinsburg placed eighth in the nine-team Suburban League Championships Saturday at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Twinsburg finished with 116 points.
Brecksville won the team crown with 142 points. The Bees have the most storied gymnastics program in the state with 17 state titles.
Led by all-around champion Mya Costello, North Royalton placed second with 136.45 points, just in front of perennial power Hudson (135.85).
Costello won the all-around competition with 36.2 points.
"The league meet was a strong competition this season," noted Twinsburg head coach M'Caul Layman.
"We had some athletes out, so we had freshmen step up to the plate to help the team finish the meet out," said Layman.
As for the Tigers, a host of underclassmen shined in the meet.
"Peyton Sesny had a great floor routine and ended with an 8.0 and her highest was an 8.05 on beam, with a fall," said the coach, of the junior.
Another Tiger junior who pleased Layman was Brett Grosel.
"Brett has always been stunning and this meet she stepped up and had a high of an 8.65 (on the floor))," said Layman.
Sophomore Gillian Voltz also caught the coach eyes with her effort in Brecksville.
"Gillian was our star player, as she is usually competing two events at most, stepped up and competed in all four events," explained Layman. "She was an astounding all around competitor."
Post season action this winter will start Saturday for Twinsburg for sectional meet action. Districts are set for Feb. 24, also at West Geauga.
"We have definitely grown this year, we have some work to do to be prepared for sectionals," Layman.
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