PERRYSBURG — The Liberty Center gymnastics team turned in a second-place showing at the Perrysburg Invitational Monday, while Patrick Henry placed fourth in the 10-team field.
Perrysburg won the meet, while Springfield placed third.
Liberty Center’s Meredith Zeiter was first on the bars and all around, while placing third on the beam and fifth on the floor. Bailey Johnson was fourth on the beam and sixth on the floor and all around, while Sam Engler placed fifth on vault, ninth on bars and 11th on beam and all around.
“The girls had a great start to the meet on vault and bars, but then struggled some on normally their strongest events — beam and floor,” said Liberty Center gymnastics coach Rachel Amstutz. “We had to count five falls that right off the bat counted for 2.5 points and that did not include any other deductions that were taken for the skills.
“I told the girls I would rather have a bad meet now than at districts, so we are putting this meet behind us and looking to build back up for districts,” added Amstutz.
Hailee Baird placed fifth on bars with a score of 8.25 for Patrick Henry and sixth on vault with an 8.1. Baird also placed seventh on beam with a score of 8.05 and eighth on floor with an 8.75 to finish with an all-around score of 33.15, good for sixth.
Laila Rutter placed 10th on bars with an 8.0 for the Lady Patriots.
“Overall, I am pretty happy with how the team performed today,” Patrick Henry coach Darcy Krassow said. “We really excelled on bars, as five out of the six gymnasts had the best routines I’ve ever seen them perform.
“This event is extremely hard to score high at due to the difficult skill requirements,” Krassow added. “Most teams in the district are just hoping to get through bars, and it seems like it’s an event where we can pull ahead of the other teams by a few tenths.”
Bars were not the only routine Krassow said went well for the Lady Patriots.
“We also did great on vault,” Krassow said. “This is an event where we don’t usually have too many surprises with major mistakes. Fortunately, we are pretty consistent with our scores on vault from meet to meet and have a large amount of depth on our team.”
Holgate’s Rylie Schuller was ninth on vault and eighth on bars, while Ruth Wenzinger was 10th on floor for the Lady Tigers.
Patrick Henry, Liberty Center and Holgate return to action Friday at the Maumee Panther Invite held at Exceleration Gym in Toledo.