Rockford gymnasts victorious in first quad meet of season

The Rockford High School gymnastics team welcomed the Ludington Oreos, the Sturgis Trojans and the Freeland Falcons for the first quad meet of the season.

Forty girls competed in four events—the balance beam, vault, uneven bars and the floor exercise—truly demonstrating the strength and dedication it takes to be a high school gymnast.

Rockford came away with the highest overall score of 135.8. Seniors Ali VanBelkum, Emily Noffsinger and Kelsey Donley led the team on the floor exercise with scores of 9.55, 9.1, and 8.9 respectively. The always-consistent sophomore Jenelle Miller scored an impressive 8.4 on the vault, and the newest addition to the team, freshman Colleen Conroy, proved to be exciting to watch with scores of 8.4 on the beam and 8.55 on the floor.

Coach Tom Holloway stated, “The girls have been practicing hard and came prepared for this meet. This was a good way to kick off the season!”

Rockford will host the annual Flip Flop Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9, with a start time of 10:00 a.m. Please come out for a great show and support Rockford’s gymnasts.

••• FUN FACT •••

Did you know that a gymnast has approximately 100 feet to gather enough speed to launch themselves over a standing object the size of a jukebox—then spinning or flipping, losing sight of the ground, and ultimately landing on their feet? This is the vault, just one of the skills a gymnast attempts to master each and every week.

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