They’ve had their share of injuries that has hindered their progress.
While they’re still missing a very significant member, the Explorers took a major step in the right direction on Saturday.
And they got a trophy in the process too.
The Hudson gymnastics team won the nine-team Win the Day meet at Anderson High School in Cincinnati. The Explorers scored 140.925 points.
Strongsville placed second with 139.175 points and Chardon took third with 137.7 points.
"It was nice to see some life back in them," Hudson head coach Megan Mertz said. "We were excited and energized like we were earlier in the season."
The Explorers were still missing 2019 state qualifier Sydney DePompei, who has missed a handful of meets because of an injury. DePompei is expected to return to the lineup in the near future.
"Sydney has been cleared, but I’m holding off on her as long as I can," Mertz said.
Despite its plethora of injuries, Hudson has held its own throughout the season. However, the floor exercise has not produced as many points as Mertz would like in recent meets.
"We have been struggling on floor a lot lately, so I decided to take a chance and change a bunch of routines," Mertz said. "I told myself this was either the smartest move or the dumbest move. It seemed to work, so that was exciting."
It sure did.
Four Explorers finished in the top 10 on the floor exercise.
Julia Petty led the way with a sixth-place score of nine. Laurel Gomersal, who recently returned from an ankle injury, finished eighth with an 8.95 and Samantha Sigler, who also recently returned from an ankle injury, placed ninth with the same score. Alyssa Bezdek wasn’t far behind with a 10th-place score of 8.875.
Lindsey Havens was Hudson’s top finisher as she placed second on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.25.
Petty was the Explorers’ top overall performer, thanks to her fifth-place all-around score of 35.2. She took third on the bars (9.15) and seventh on vault (8.8).
Gomersal also had a strong all-around performance as she finished eighth with a score of 34.4. She contributed a 10th-place score of 8.5 on vault.
Havens had a stellar day too as she finished fifth on vault (8.85). Ava Guistino added a sixth-place score of nine on the balance beam and Lydia Redd captured seventh on the bars (8.85).
Hudson is scheduled to compete at the Suburban League Meet Friday at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. The competition is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
"We still have a lot of work to do, but I know this group can do it," Mertz said.