High School Gymnastics

Goad leads GymCats to second-place finish in season debut

Newnan and Northgate opened the 2014 high school season on Friday against Locust Grove and Carrollton at Newnan School of Gymnastics with the GymCats earning a second-place finish.

Carrollton, a third-place finisher at last year’s Georgia High School Association State Meet, took top honors with 105.1 points. Newnan was second with 93.7.

Locust Grove junior Kelly Aycock led the All Around with a combined score of 36.925 just ahead of Newnan junior Sydney Goad. Aycock put together a 9.6 on bar that included a double-back dismount. She also placed first in floor with a 9.725.

Goad, led by an impressive 9.6 on vault to lead all competitors, posted an All Around score of 36.575. She also finished first on beam with a 9.3 despite a fall and was sec- ond on floor with a 9.175.

The GHSA has changed its gymnastics bylaws to require teams to post a team score of at least 96 to advance to the state qualifier in April.

Individuals that score 8.5 or better on an apparatus or 34.0 in the all-around during a competition also advance to state preliminaries.

Maggie Shiffert and Hannah Vance competed in the all around for Northgate.

Carrollton was led by Jennifer Brandenburg’s All-Around score of 31.175 that included a second-place effort on beam. Kindell Yett tied for third on vault with Aycock while posting a 9.1 while also third on beam (8.65) and floor (9.0).

Newnan and Northgate return to NSG for a home meet on March 14 with Pike County and Jefferson.

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