Riverside Brookfield High School freshman Lia Christiansen has quickly made the transition to gymnastics for high school girls.
On December 4th, she got her third score in the 9s by helping the Bulldogs hit a season high of 127.65 to finish 10th at the Hilltopper Invitational in Glenbard West.
“There are a lot of good girls who get 9, so it’s really cool to see how close I am to them,” said Christiansen after finishing 11th in a strong 12-team field with a 9.0 in floor exercises would have. “We did very well today. I’m proud of it. I think a lot more people got stuck on the (floating) beam and didn’t fall off, so we did pretty well there. ”
Christiansen was also 13th in the all-around competition (33.75) and 13th in the jump (8.95) with equal points. Senior Nora Ford shared 15th place (8.85).
The invitation was a significant jump from the 123.60 points the Bulldogs scored in their one-two at Hinsdale South on December 2nd.
Christiansen won Boden (9.3) and Sprung (9.0) on the way to a first place of 33.90 in the overall standings.
“There have been a lot of ups and downs, but I’ve scored pretty good goals and the team is so much fun,” said Christiansen. “My [Yurchenko tuck] Vault turned out really well and I landed it. I like the floor best. ”
Ford was third in the jump (7.9), Sarah Lindenberg tied fourth in the jump (7.7) and fifth on the bar (7.0) and Leah Kowalski fourth (8.6) on the floor with equal points.
At the season opener Hornet Invitational on November 24th in Hinsdale South, RBHS took sixth place (122.95).
Christiansen and Ford won individual medals with top 10 placements.
Christiansen shared fifth place in the jump (8.85), was seventh on the ground (8.65) and was seventh in the all-around competition (31.65).
Ford was 10th on the bar (8.2) and Annabel Krueger was tied in 14th place (7.75).
Holmes lands three top 10 finishes in Hinsdale South
Junior Annmarie Holmes made her high school gymnastics debut at the Hornet Invitational in Hinsdale South.
She left this season’s opening event on November 24th with a better feeling – and three top 10 individual medals.
“That got me really excited, especially since I last saw the Hornet Invite freshman year, I haven’t bet on anything,” said Holmes. “It showed my improvement and made me more confident.”
The Lions finished fifth (127.55) and continued to progress on December 1, despite losing 134.40 to 129.10 in the double opener of the West Suburban Conference Silver in the Oak Park-River Forest.
In Hinsdale South Holmes was eighth on the bar (8.3) and tied in ninth place (8.45) as sixth in the all-around event (32.30). The freshman Emmy Bertucci and the second Emily Tucker also received medals.
Holmes, an individual section qualification as a freshman, said moving from gymnastics clubs to action last year helped her increase the difficulty of her routines.
“It really helped me gain more skills and now I feel a lot more confident in my routines,” said Holmes. “I think overall I gained more self-confidence at all events. At every meeting I want to improve and add more skills. “
Bertucci made an impressive high school debut with second place on the uneven bars (8.55). Tucker finished eighth on the floor (8.5) and 10th on the uneven bars (7.85).
Calli Avants and Tiana Bojic had team-high 8.6 seconds on the go to finish 15th.
At OPRF, Bertucci scored with the first bar (8.4). Holmes, Emma Cassidy and Gabi Sanchez shared fifth place with 7.9 seconds.
On the uneven bars, Tucker came third (8.0) and Bertucci and Calleigh McPartlin came fourth (7.9). Tucker also shared third place (8.4) and Natalie Aubert finished fifth (8.05). Bertucci (31.50) and Holmes (31.45) finished fourth and fifth in the all-around competition.