WARSAW — The best time to peak is right before the postseason and that’s exactly what the Warsaw gymnastics team is doing. The Tigers have been slowly progressing throughout the year and capped their regular season efforts with their best meet yet when they hosted West Noble Thursday night. The Tigers earned a season-high to topple the visiting Chargers 99.400-82.075 at the Whitman Group facility.
“That’s our team high for the season,” said Warsaw coach Tonya Douglass. “We have an ultimate goal of 100, so we’re one step closer. Tonight I wanted us to be in the 99 range and we had a few falls on beam, with those out I think we would’ve gotten 100, so we’re close to where we want to be.”
The Tigers had steady scores on the beam, earning a 23.7 as a unit. Daylen Turner earned an 8.275 to take first in the event for Warsaw while Remi Beckham was second with an 8.075. Jessica Cabrerra took third for West Noble with a 7.700.
The best event of the night for Warsaw was the floor as the home team earned a 26.250 and took the three of the top four spots. Beckham was head and shoulders above the rest as she took first with a 9.55. West Noble’s Kirstin Knox took second with her score of 8.45. Knox was followed by a tie in third from Warsaw’s Megan Metzger and Anna Wainscott who each had an 8.35. Turner took fourth with an 8.25.
Beckham owned the floor, but she also took top honors on bars and vault. The sophomore earned an 8.20 to take first on bars, followed by Wainscott’s 7.75. Turner and Metzger tied for third in the event, each having a 7.55. On vault, Beckham’s 8.75 proved to be tops as Turner took second with an 8.65. Metzger claimed third with an 8.55 while Wainscott and Gabbi Waikel tied for fourth with an 8.10 each.
While there were still some hiccups in routines, Douglass found herself impressed with her athletes across board to close out the season.
“Everyone is stepping up to the plate for us,” Douglass stated. “We’re a young team with one junior, two sophomores and the rest are all freshmen. We’re definitely a lot younger and they’re all learning the ropes of high school gymnastics. They’re really adapting well and we’re getting there as a team.”
The biggest challenge to date for the Tigers will be next Saturday when they participate in the Lakeland Sectional.
“We just need clean routines and to stay on the beam,” Douglass said when asked about the biggest keys for sectional week. “We’ve upgraded a few things so, what we’ve got we just have to clean up and go out there and do our best.”