Vancouver, WA — Despite injuries and absences on Saturday, the Camas Gymnastics team (3-0 this season) managed to win Saturday’s Naydenov meet with a final overall team score of 171.85.
Union placed second (162.7); Columbia River, third (155.3); Ridgefield, fourth (136.5), and Heritage placed fifth (111.95).
It was a rocky gymnastics meet, said Head Coach Carol Willson, who feared the Papermakers would lose, given several absences and Corissa Cassidy’s injury during the Floor routine. Cassidy rolled her ankle on her first landing, and was carried out by her mother. X-rays show she didn’t break any bones, but there will be several weeks of recovery.
“It was a painful landing,” said Willson. “We’re grateful she didn’t break any bones.”
Papermaker Shea McGee’s star continues to rise, with victories in the All-Around (36.7) and Beam (9.55). Joy Marsh placed third in All-Around (34.8).
Papermaker Lili Ford won the Vault (9.4), with McGee placing a close second (9.2).
McGee also placed second in the Bars (9.2) with Annika Affleck placing fifth (8.1).
Saturday’s meet was the third consecutive victory for the girls, who continue to press forward with 42 team members.
”I’m still worried,” said Willson. “We’ve had several injuries and we’re down a few kids.”
The defending State Gymnastics champions feel confident about their depth and strength, and hope their injured athletes can heal over the holiday break.