Ram Reagan Ammon reacts to being crowned MHSAA Gymnastics All-Around State Champion. ~ Photo by Ashley Markey Labbe
ROCKFORD – It’s not every gymnastics program that can claim they took four of the top 10 places in the All-Around in the State Championships, but the Rams were good enough Saturday, March 9, in the MHSAA D2 Individual Gymnastics State Finals to do just that. The Rams had just earned runner-up in the team state finals the day before and it seemed that was only the start of impressing the gymnastic world.
After an incredible day of solid performances, Reagan Ammon was crowned the All-Around State Champion. Also claiming top spots in the All-Around were Rams Morgan Case, who landed fifth (35.575), Ashley Faulkner, who finished seventh (35.425), and Averi Nixon, who placed ninth (35.025), to claim plenty of hardware.
“It goes to show the depth of this team and all the hard work they have put into this season,” shared head coach Michelle Ankney.
Ammon had a huge day, claiming state titles on the Uneven Bars (9.150) and Balance Beam (9.275). Not done there, she also scored high enough in all four apparatus to earn the State Champion All-Around title. She landed in a tie for seventh in the Vault (9.050), and a tie for third in the Floor Exercise (9.200). Her total of 36.675 earned her first over her closest competitor, Farmington’s Kacey Noseworthy, who tallied 36.200.
“WOW!” said Ankney. “She had an impressive competition, and she hit all four of her events. I am so excited for her. This was her dream and she accomplished it!”
Ammon wasn’t the only Ram to be crowned individual state champion. Morgan Case performed her best vault of the season (9.400) to claim the state title.
“She stuck her landing,” enthused Ankney. “She also placed fifth overall. It may not have been the competition Morgan dreamed of having, there were a few mistakes here and there, but she still had a very impressive competition.”
Faulkner landed a third on the Uneven Bars, and finished in a tie for 10th on the Vault. Lokers claimed an eighth place on the Uneven Bars and earned a tie for ninth on the Balance Beam. Averi Nixon landed in a tie for third place on the Floor Exercise.
Ankney was proud of her entire team, and was thrilled that all three of her seniors qualified for state individually. Chantel Lokers and Reagan Ammon qualified in the All-Around, while Taylor Cullen qualified on the Floor.
“These three seniors have worked hard all year and have also provided great leadership for the team,” said Ankney. “I am thrilled that they all got to compete at states during their final season.”
Averi Nixon performs on the unevens at the State Finals. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Reagan Ammon performs her routine on the balance beam at the State Finals. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Ram Chantel Lokers on the vault Saturday. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
Ram Taylor Cullen on the Floor Exercise. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography