BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Thirteen young athletes from Great River Gymnastics traveled to Bourbonnais, Ill. for the Illinois State Gymnastics Championships, and they finished about as well as they could.
All 13 of the girls who made the trip qualified to move on to the regional meet, if they chose to.
"Each and everyone of our gymnasts did fantastic at state, and performed way above my expectations," coach Justin Thomas said. "They all had some of the best scores they had all year long, and against the toughest competitors in Illinois."
The biggest storyline came from Brooklyn Thoms. Thoms placed first in her floor routine, scoring a 9.875 out of a perfect ten. That ended up as the highest score at the entire state meet on April 12. With that, she also placed fourth on bars and third on beam, winning her the first all-around.
The results also ranked her at No. 29 in the nation at her level all-around. She has the 17th best floor routine score at her age level in the nation as well.
Thoms was added to the Illinois State team to represent Illinois at regionals at no. 4. Only 16 athletes make that team.
Over 900 Illinois athletes attended the state meet that weekend. Brielle Bittler place fifth on the floor and seventh all-around. Chloe Toler placed ninth in vault, eighth on beam and eighth on floor.
Ellie Mason placed ninth on the beam, and Belle Burley placed eighth on the beam. Julia Reuter placed eighth on bars, sixth on floor and tenth all around. Emma Schmitz placed fourth on floor and ninth all-around. Heaven Powell placed sixth on vault, fifth on beam, ninth on floor and seventh all-around. Izzy Hirsh placed fifth on the bars.
Although they all qualified, Brooklyn Thoms is the only one making the optional trip to the regional meet this coming Thursday, May 2 in Kentucky.
This was the first season Great River Gymnastics competed, and coach Justin Thoms says they're ready to see what they can do in the future.
"In fact all of our gymnasts are already making preparations to start next years season," Thoms stated. "Each gymnast will be moving up a level in the upcoming 2019-2020 season. All the gymnasts are excited to show off more difficult skills."