Girls Varsity Gymnastics - *2016 IHSAA State Champions*
Columbus North senior Ashley Holliday and junior Claire Thompson were honored as co-Most Valuable Performers of the Bull Dogs’ 2016-17 gymnastics team at the team banquet Saturday (May 20) at Harrison Lake Country Club.
Thompson was the individual state champion on the balance beam, tied for third on the uneven bars and placed second in the individual all-around in helping the Bull Dogs to a second-place team finish in the IHSAA state meet with a 112.075 score. Thompson’s beam score was school-record 9.775, her bars score was 9.625 and her all-around score was 38.075.
Holliday was state champion on vault, tied for seventh on bars, placed third in the all-around and was named winner of the IHSAA’s Mildred M. Ball Award for mental attitude. Holliday had a score of 9.750 on vault, 9.525 on bars and 37.600 in the all-around.
Both athletes also were named to first-team all-state team by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association, while freshman teammate Sami Heathcote was a second-team all-state selection. Heathcote also was honored with the team’s Bull Dog Award, and Holliday was chosen Academic All-State by the ICGSA.
Holliday also was recognized for being presented the Josephine Armuth Award as Columbus North’s top female athlete in the Class of 2017.
In addition, Heathcote, Holliday and Thompson were cited as all-Conference Indiana athletes. Holliday set a CI record with a score of 9.825 on floor at the conference meet while winning the vault, bars, floor and all-around. Thompson won the beam at conference.
In the sectional, Holliday won the vault, beam and all-around. In the regional, Thompson won the bars, beam and all-around while Holliday prevailed on vault.
Holliday and Thompson were recognized as 2016-17 team captains. Both were finalists for the Indiana Sports Award for gymnastics, which Thompson won for the second consecutive year. Holliday was the school winner in the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.
Those presented with varsity letters were senior Ashley Holliday; juniors Kate Calandro and Claire Thompson; sophomores Emma Cooper, Tova Edwards and Ragan Gaskill; and freshmen Alyane Davis, Grace Ellis, Sami Heathcote and Ashley Niebrugge.
JV awards went to senior Emily Vo, sophomore Bryce Gillihan and freshmen Abby Bodart, Keali Dewey and Cassidy May.