Always expect the unexpected.
That’s a pretty good philosophy no matter the sport. But that wasn’t what Elizabeth’s Danae Goldsberry was doing when the gymnastics competition got underway in last Saturday’s Overland Invitational.
Yet the unexpected did happen for Goldsberry as she came through to win the all-around championship in the 14-team meet.
She finished the day with a score of 37.575 to edge runner-up Erica Pollack of Fort Collins (37.45) and Hannah Bissani of Standley Lake (37.35).
Goldsberry’s effort helped the Cardinals place second in the team standings behind host Overland.
The Cardinals of coach Stacey Folmar scored 178.15 points while the Trailblazers won the title with a score of 179.55. Fort Collins finished third with 177.15 points.
Goldsberry finished second on the balance beam (9.525), second on floor (9.675), fourth on the uneven bars (9.325) and 10th on vault (9.0). She was beaten by Erica Pollack of Fort Collins on beam (9.6) and Loveland’s Claire Hammen on floor (9.8). Hammen also won vault (9.6) while Taylor Molliconi of Mountain Range was the gold medal winner on the bars (9.55).
“I didn’t feel that I would get first place coming in - this is so unexpected,” Goldsberry said. “I was just hoping to place in the top six. I’ve been doing really well this season and it just turned out to be a great day. I just wanted to go out and do what I know how to do.
“I’d like to have a couple of those bobbles back from the beam,” Goldsberry continued. “I just had to hold together and stay strong. But, that’s what we all did today. As a team, this is a great finish.”
When all was said and done, coach Folmar was more than pleased.
“Danae was so close to her 38 today,” Folmar said.
“She has been leading the team this season. She is calm, and has good sense in getting the job done. I think we had a fabulous outing, especially on floor and vault. Second as a team? That’s just great and I`m so very proud of the
Elizabeth scored team meet highs on vloor, 45.95, and vault, 45.2. The Cardinals came through with scores of 43.075 on bars and 43.075 on beam.
“We started strong and we hit,” Folmar said.
“Beam? We were off and we didn`t fair well at all. But we were able to get back on track on bars and floor. Floor and vault continue to be good for us. The girls have had the ability to pick each other up and there certainly is a lot of
Kimmy Peterson came through with a score of 36.3, good enough for an eighth-place finish in the all-around competition.
She finished sixth on vault (9.325), 8th on floor (9.325), 16th on bars (8.75) and 21st on beam (8.9).
“Eighth in the all-around was a good day for me,” Peterson said. “But this was a good meet for all of us. We tried hard and came through for a fine team score. Vault and floor were the best for me. I just wanted to stay confident and do what I’ve been able to do in practice. I stuck my beam even though I had a lot of wobbles. I just didn’t score what I wanted.”
Emily Reynolds, the last of the three in the all-around for the Cardinals, placed 13th with her score of 35.55. She was ninth on the vault (9.125), 12th on floor (9.025), 21st on bars (8.6) and 24th on beam (8.8).
“This meet went well for us and the competition in was tough today,” Reynolds said. “I think I did pretty good. I did best on vault and the key was being able to stay focused and confident. It certainly was a good team effort today and I’m happy for all of us. I did have a fall on beam, so that could have been much better.”
Others who faired well individually for Elizabeth and placing among the top 25 were Alissa Poland on floor (9.05, 11th), beam (8.85, 23rd) and vault (19th, 8.5); Hayden Stout on floor (8.875, 15th) and bars (8.65, 19th) and Payton Poalillo on vault (8.85, 18th).