by JANE NOFFSINGER
The Rockford gymnastics team hosted the annual Flip Flop Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 9. The event brought 17 teams to compete in four rotations, showcasing both Division I and Division II talent.
Rockford Orange placed fifth with an overall score of 137.275. Senior Ali VanBelkum took the Division II floor event with a score of 9.35 and placed third in the Division II all-around. Seniors Kelsey Donely and Morgan Paavola shined on the floor exercise with a 9.125 and 8.55, respectively. Sophomore Jenelle Miller earned her highest beam score of the season with a 8.9.
The girls from Farmington won the team championship with a score of 145.15, with Canton Red in second, scoring 139.70.
The team would like to thank Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson and the Rockford baseball team. The tear-down and setup of the gym for an event of this size is a huge undertaking.
The Rams’ next gymnastics meet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16, for the Sturgis Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.