Jumping for the win

Tumbling across the floor and balancing on the beam, North and East gymnasts competed for the victory on Jan. 13. With practices for two and a half hours after school and on Saturdays, the Bull Dog gymnasts’ work paid off as they took home the win, beating East’s score of 100.3 with 108.2 points. Senior Grace Ellis felt confident in her teammates’ performances.

“I think everyone competed well,” Ellis said. “The competition went really smooth, and all the gymnasts hit really nice routines on all events.”

To senior Ashley Niebrugge, the meet was not only a win for North, but it was also an opportunity for personal improvement.

“Going in, I was worried because I have not had the best practices recently. Now that the meet is over, I think it went well,” Niebrugge said. “I fell on the beam, which was a little frustrating. However, it is early in the season, and there is always room for improvement.”

As the season continues, Niebrugge plans to persevere in improving her gymnastics skills.

“I really just focus at each and every practice and make everything the best that it can possibly be,” Niebrugge said.

Ellis hopes to maintain a positive attitude through the season, as well.

“I try to remind myself that not every practice is going to be perfect,” Ellis said. “There is a lot of falling, but we always pick ourselves back up.”

While gymnastics brings athletic rivalry, it is more than just a competition for Niebruggee because she enjoys relaxing as she perfects her routines.

“Gymnastics can be a stress reliever from schoolwork, and on floor and beam I am able to express my passion through dance,” Niebrugge said.

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