The gymnastics team had a complete season this year, despite all the adversities it had to face due to COVID-19. While the girls did not qualify for states, they did make it to districts where they placed in the middle of the pack to wrap up their season.
To begin the season, the team had back to back meets coming out of winter break on Jan. 4 and 5. This was obviously their first time performing with COVID-19 protocols in place, which was something that they would have to embrace for the rest of the season.
“All of our competitions only allowed each gymnast to have one or two spectators,” gymnast Rachel Lehmann said. “It just wasn’t the same not having such a large crowd cheering us on.”
The team only had one more meet after these two before it was already senior night against Grove City on Jan. 30. The reduction of the number of meets this season was also different for the gymnasts, as when it seemed like the season had just begun it was really almost coming to a close.
A couple of weeks later, the team had its final regular season meets on Feb. 10 and 11 against Thomas Worthington and Berlin respectively. Despite the shortened season, the team’s focus was now on the postseason, with OCCs on Feb. 13, only two days after their last regular season meet.
“Because of the reduction of meets, we had an awkwardly long time to be able to practice, so it was extremely laid back,” Lehmann said. However, even though the gymnasts have always had a tendency to “be relaxed at meets and remember to have fun,” when OCCs rolled around the corner this year, Lehmann said that “we realized we were not as prepared as we thought.”
The girls would move on to districts two weeks later on Feb. 27, where they would look to qualify for states by placing in the top three. Unfortunately, they placed 12th out of 24 teams, which consequently ended their season.
This season without a doubt looked different for the gymnasts, but nevertheless they were always putting their best foot forward. Many, even, are already about to begin their off-season training in hopes of being as ready as they can be for next season, which hopefully will look more normal than this year’s.
By Eric Kiekeben