Gymnastics’ falls in Sections

Season leaves room for improvement


Ava Ashby

Junior Marissa Boettcher preform her bar routine at Varsity Sections Feb. 15. Park placed sixth overall in the meet.

Talia Lissauer

Although only a select number of gymnasts were able to compete in Sections, junior Courtney Hanson said the entire team still showed up and motivated those competing.

“I think the team cheering for us really helped,” Hanson said. “Even those who weren’t competing still came to watch and cheer us all on.”

According to junior Josie Briant, she enjoyed successfully showing off her new skills.

“My favorite part of (Sections) was competing my new skills in my floor routine, which went really well which was exciting for me,” Briant said. 

Coach Dawn Thielen said the team struggled with confidence but they were able to pull through on floor.

“You know, it wasn’t one of our best meets. The girls definitely let their nerves get to them, but we have a tough Section.  All in all, they handled it pretty well in the end,” Thielen said. “The floor ended up being our best event.

We didn’t get our best team score but that just shows room for improvement next year”

— Josie Briant

According to Hanson, even though mistakes were made, the team didn’t let it affect them during other events.

“My favorite part was watching those who might not have done well in one routine still get up and go work on another routine and stick that routine perfectly,” Hanson said. 

Briant said the mistakes made gave the team something to work on for next season.

“We didn’t get our best team score but that just shows room for improvement next year,” Briant said.

This Sections meet was Parks’ final meet of the 2019-2020 season.