Morgan Case competes in vault. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Phtoography
ROCKFORD – The Rams gymnastic team played host for their annual Flip Flop Invitational, Saturday, Jan. 5. The event featured two divisions, with Rockford fielding two teams in Division II. The Rockford A team claimed a second-place finish, tallying a 140.725, just behind Farmington Blue who earned the title with 143.6. The Rockford B team finished in 12th in the 16-team event. Two gymnasts – Reagan Ammon and Averi Nixon placed first in individual events – with Ammon claiming the title for the balance beam and Nixon earning first on the floor exercise.
The Rockford A Team earned 35.95 on the vault, 31.825 on the unevens, 36.125 on the balance beam, and a 36.825 on the floor, to earn their total of 140.725. Rounding out the top eight in the meet in Division II were: 3. Plymouth A 135.375, 4. Canton Red 132.8, 5. Forest Hill 1 132.525, 6. Farmington White 131.85. 7. Coldwater Red 131.25, 8. Lowell A 129.5.
The Rockford B team, which was comprised of Nicole Curtis, Caleigh Kusmeirski, Elise Kinlaw, Natalie Burns, Ainsley Jehnzen, Avery Labbe, Jordan Rodgers, and Sydney Talyor claimed 12th, with 120.275 points.
The Rams showed strength in all areas, with Reagan Ammon leading the team earning a 35.675 for the cause. Ammon landed a first place on the balance beam, and second place on both the uneven bars and the floor exercise, and tied for 10th on the vault. She claimed second place in the All-Around with a total of 35.675. Earning third in the All-Around was Morgan Case with a 35.45. Case also placed second on the vault, tied for fifth on the balance beam, earned fifth on the floor, and seventh on the uneven bars. Ashley Faulkner landed fifth place in the All-Around with 34.725. Faulkner placed in a tie for fifth on the vault, sixth on the uneven bars, and tenth on the beam. Averi Nixon was close behind, placing sixth in the All-Around with a 34.550. Nixon claimed a first place on the floor exercise, and eighth place on the beam. Ram Joey Gair competed in three events and tallied 25.1 points for the Rams, and landed a fourth place on the balance beam. Taylor Cullen participated in only one apparatus and earned an 8.5 for the Rams in the process.
The Rams will host Lowell High School, Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. for their next meet. Rockford will then travel to Lowell, Saturday, Jan. 12, for their invitational. The event starts at 9 a.m.
Caleigh Kusmierski performs on the uneven bars. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography