Brighton varsity gymnasts are regional champs; Howell varsity qualifies for team finals

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The Brighton Varsity Gymnastics team was Regional Champions this past weekend at Regional 2 Competition held at Grand Ledge H.S. with a team score of 144.6, and the Howell Varsity Gymnastics qualified for team finals with a 3rd place team finish and a score of 140.225, missing second-place by only .1

Both teams travel to Canton Plymouth H.S. for MHSAA State Finals on Friday, March 10, and Individual Finals on Saturday March 11.

The top eight individual finalists in each event and top six all around in both divisions I and II advance to individual finals.

ABOVE – The Howell varsity gymnasts; TOP PHOTO – the Brighton varsity gymnasts
DIVISION I INDIVIDUAL FINALISTS

VAULT – Courtney Casper (BHS) D1 – Champion – 9.7
Hannah Bracken (BHS) D1 – 2nd

UNEVEN BARS – Courtney Casper (BHS) D1 champion
Hannah Bracken (BHS) D1 4th place

BEAM – Casper – 2nd
Bracken – 3rd

FLOOR EX – Casper – Champion
Bracken – 4th

ALL AROUND – Casper – Champ – 37.375
Bracken – 2nd – 35.8

DIVISION II INDIVIDUAL FINALISTS

VAULT – Taylor Gillespie (HHS) – Champion – 9.425
Alyssa Walker (HHS) – 4th
Jordan Peterson (HHS) – 5th
Carley Hess (BHS) – 7th
Lauren Mercer (BHS) – 8th Tied with
Riley Dutkiewicz (HHS) – 8th Tie

BARS – Sarah Mossett (BHS) – Champion – 8.925
Sarah Faruzzi – BHS) – 3rd
Taylor Gillespie (HHS) – 4th Tie
Maddie Vernon (BHS) – 6th Tie

BEAM – Alyssa Walker (HHS) – Champion – 9.325
Maddie Vernon – (BHS) – 7th
Sarah Mossett – (BHS) – 8th Tie

FLOOR EX. – Taylor Gillespie (HHS) – 3rd
Maddie Vernon (BHS) – 5th Tie

ALL AROUND – Alyssa Walker (HHS) – 2nd  – 35.75
Taylor Gillespie (HHS) – 3rd – 35.625
Maddie Vernon (BHS) – 4th – 35.55

Both the Brighton and Howell communities have really come together to celebrate these girls’ accomplishments.  In addition to all the help from both athletic directors, parents have organized team breakfast and dinner and arranged transportation so all girls from both teams can ride together to the finals. One local business has made a generous donation.

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