Junior chosen as gymnastics captain

Savannah Romero demonstrates strong leadership qualities

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Junior chosen as gymnastics captain

Junior Savannah Romero strikes a pose during her beam routine. The next meet is against Hopkins at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hopkins High School.

Junior Savannah Romero strikes a pose during her beam routine. The next meet is against Hopkins at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hopkins High School.

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Junior Savannah Romero strikes a pose during her beam routine. The next meet is against Hopkins at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hopkins High School.

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Malaika Bigirindavyi

Junior Savannah Romero strikes a pose during her beam routine. The next meet is against Hopkins at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hopkins High School.

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As junior Savannah Romero participates in her fifth varsity gymnastics season she said she looks forward to her new position as a team leader.

According to Romero, her coaches recently chose her to be a captain for the current season after one of the senior captains quit gymnastics.

“I was elected towards the beginning or middle of October, so it was closer to the season,” Romero said. “Usually the captains are picked at the end of the previous season at the banquet, so it was different since one of the other captains is no longer going to be competing.”

Gymnastics coach Gretchen Novak said Romero has several qualities that make her fit for the position.

“Savannah’s strengths as a leader include being approachable to team members of all ages, (a) positive attitude and strong work ethic,” Novak said.

Senior captain Annika Eldridge said Romero’s elected position proves how having a leadership mentality is more important than being the oldest on the team.

“It definitely does bring a different perspective to the team and shows that being a captain isn’t about seniority. It’s about who makes a good leader,” Eldridge said.

According to Novak, Romero’s strengths lie both in her athletic skill and her encouraging personality.

“Savannah will contribute to the team this season with not only her varsity scores, but also her positive energy and leadership during practice,” Novak said.

Romero said she hopes to remain injury-free this season and to work on small improvements in  her form.

“(My) personal goals are to stay healthy. I had an injury at the end of last season, but just kind of keep improving some of the minor details like straight legs and pointed toes go a long way,” Romero said.

Romero said throughout her 13 years competing in gymnastics she has learned the value of showing others respect both inside and outside of her team.

“Gymnastics has taught me, especially with this team since we are so close, to treat others how you want to be treated because if you start treating others girls on the team poorly no one will treat you the same way,” Romero said.

The next meet will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Hopkins High School.

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