2013-02-07 / Sports

Watkin Wins All-Around As OV Gymnasts Earn Team Victory

by Amanda York
Staff Writer

Members of the 2012-2013 Owen Valley gymnastics team include, front row, left to right: Darby DeFord, Eleanor Coffin, Mackenzie Jackson, student-manager Ashlyn Hines-Lanham, Caitlin Norman and Amanda Jacobs. Middle row: Santanna Roberts, Anna Watkin, Brooke Fatheree, Graceson Arthur, and head coach Cathleen McPhee. Back row: assistant coaches Brooklyn McPhee and Rick Zufall. (Staff Photo)Members of the 2012-2013 Owen Valley gymnastics team include, front row, left to right: Darby DeFord, Eleanor Coffin, Mackenzie Jackson, student-manager Ashlyn Hines-Lanham, Caitlin Norman and Amanda Jacobs. Middle row: Santanna Roberts, Anna Watkin, Brooke Fatheree, Graceson Arthur, and head coach Cathleen McPhee. Back row: assistant coaches Brooklyn McPhee and Rick Zufall. (Staff Photo)The Lady Patriots came to Tuesday night’s meet with fire in their eyes and brimming with confidence coming off a team win at Southmont last week and a second place finish at the Bloomington South Invitational two weeks ago. Solid performances turned in by the three varsity members did not disappoint the OV faithful as the girls were able to secure another team victory with their highest team total of the season, 101.425.

Owen Valley freshman Anna Watkin swept three of four events, including the vault with a 9.35, floor with an 8.975 and beam with a 9.3. She also took second in the bars with a score of 8.6, just .05 points behind bars winner, Bloomington North’s Laura O’Connor. These fantastic scores led to her second all-around title of the year with a season high score of 36.225.


OV’s Caitlin Norman finished with a season-high 8.875 on floor exercise Tuesday evening, good enough for second place. She also finished with a season-high 33.225 in the all-around for fourth place. (Staff Photo) OV’s Caitlin Norman finished with a season-high 8.875 on floor exercise Tuesday evening, good enough for second place. She also finished with a season-high 33.225 in the all-around for fourth place. (Staff Photo) Senior Caitlin Norman also had a great night for the Lady Patriots as she finished with her highest allaround score of the year, a 33.225, good enough for fourth place. Norman placed third on vault with an 8.65, fourth on beam with an 8.2 and second on floor with a score of 8.875.

Rounding out the varsity roster Tuesday evening was sophomore Graceson Arthur who, despite somewhat of a rocky night, finished fifth on beam to help propel her squad to the win.

“All the girls have really pulled together,” OV assistant coach Rick Zufall said. “It’s great to see such great teamwork.”

The junior varsity Lady Patriots also competed Tuesday evening with Amanda Jacobs earning a 7.450 on vault and a 5.775 on floor; Darby DeFord a 3.975 on bars and a 4.750 on beam; and Eleanor Coffin a score of 4.450 on beam.

Owen Valley will spend the next few days perfecting their routines as they prepare for the Lady Cougar Invitational this Saturday at Bloomington North High School. The event will feature teams from all over the state. Last year’s meet saw competitors from Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Franklin Central, New Castle, New Palestine, Owen Valley, Jeffersonville, Martinsville, Perry Meridian and North Montgomery. Saturday’s meet is set to get underway at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday night’s meet scores were as follows:

TEAM RESULTS

1. Owen Valley - 101.425; 2. Bloomington North, 100.85; 3. Martinsville - 90.575

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

Vault

1. Anna Watkin, OV, 9.35; 2. O’Connor, BN, 8.75; 3.(t) Caitlin Norman, OV, 8.65; 3(t). Bales, M, 8.65; Graceson Arthur, OV, 8.425

BARS

1. O’Connor, BN, 8.65; 2. Anna Watkin, OV, 8.6; 3. Barker, BN, 7.95; Caitlin Norman, 7.5; Graceson Arthur, 7.375

Beam

1. Anna Watkin, OV, 9.3; 2. Lara, BN, 8.65; 3. O’Connor, 8.825; 4. Caitlin Norman, OV, 8.2; 5. Graceson Arthur, OV, 8.0

Floor

1. Anna Watkin, OV, 8.975; 2. Caitlin Norman, OV, 8.875; 3. O’Connor, BN, 8.825; Graceson Arthur, 8.175

All-Around

1. Anna Watkin, OV, 36.225; 2. O’Connor, BN, 34.775; 3. Lara, BN, 33.85; 4. Caitlin Norman, OV, 33.225; Graceson Arthur, 31.975

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