Lady Viking gymnasts advance to regional

Huntington North senior Robyn Karst performs on the uneven parallel bars on Saturday, March 2, at the Muncie Central Gymnastics Sectional. Karst placed sixth on the event to help the Lady Vikings advance to regional. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School gymnastics team used its strategy of team consistency over star power to place second in the Muncie Central Gymnastics Sectional on Saturday, March 2, and advance on to the regional tournament this Friday, March 8, at HNHS.

Despite having no individual champions, the Lady Vikings as a team won uneven parallel bars and floor exercise and were second in both the vault and balance beam to grab one of the three qualifying spots to regional. Jay County won the meet with 102.250 points, Huntington North was second with 100.075 and Marion was the third team qualifier with 88.575 points.

Sophomores Erica Freise and Mavin Chaney led the way for HNHS with runner-up finishes. Friese was second on the bars with an 8.450 and Chaney was runner-up on the beam with an 8.400.

The Lady Vikes were the top team on the bars with 24.775 points as sophomore Hannah Bomba placed third with an 8.400 and senior Robyn Karst took sixth with a 7.925.

HNHS won the floor as a team with a score of 25.925 as junior Mikayla Carpenter was third with a score of 8.775, junior Alexa Shoemaker was fourth with a score of 8.625 and Karst was sixth with an 8.525.

The Lady Vikings scored 25.700 on the vault as seniors Karst and Marisa Kitt tied for third with scores of 8.600, and Carpenter placed seventh with a score of 8.500.

The Lady Vikes had a score of 23.675 on the beam. Along with Chaney's score, freshman Carly Snyder was fifth with a 7.750, and Carpenter was seventh with a 7.525 tally.

Karst was fifth in all-around for HNHS, scoring 31.500 points.

In addition to the top three teams, the top six finishers in each event also qualify for regional, to start at 6 p.m. at Huntington North.