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Geneva gymnastics one-ups itself in win over St. Charles co-op

GENEVA – Senior night at the Mack Olson Gymnasium proved to be not just a celebration of seniors for the Geneva girls gymnastics team.

Coming off a win Saturday at the Lincoln-Way East Invitational with a year-best mark of 146.15, the Vikings team bested that mark Monday by outdueling the St. Charles co-op, 146.2-142.5. 

Leading the charge for the Vikings were seniors Dominique Brognia and Claire Scatterday, along with freshman standout Claire Ginsberg. Brognia capped the win for the Vikings with a 9.45 in floor while Ginsberg placed second with a 9.35. 

The senior-freshman trio placed in all four events to help Geneva post its best score of the season, something not lost on coach Kim Hostman.

“I’m really happy – I wanted us to hit a 146 tonight regardless of the outcome, and we just try to focus on us,” Hostman said. “We just have to keep progressing on and improving our score. The girls really try to focus on our goals each week and so far our accomplishments have been amazing.”

St. Charles had a strong start to the event as Rachel Dugan placed first in the bars with a 9.55. Besides a strong showing in the vault that saw Dugan tie Ginsberg for first and Cathryn Gotlund take third, St. Charles was nearly shut out off the top spots with just a Sidney Copeland third place in the floor, along with Dugan’s first in the bars.

“We have a lot of girls who are just getting back from injuries and are getting back in the lineup, so we’re feeling pretty strong,” Dugan said. “I was definitely really nervous for bars; that was the one event coming in that I was most nervous for. Getting that out of the way first, but most importantly hitting it, that was big for me.”

The turning point in the meet came in the second rotation as Geneva placed Ginsberg (9.7), Brognia (9.45) and Scatterday (9.25) atop the scoring.

Meanwhile, only Copeland (9.2) broke the 9.0 mark as three St. Charles competitors fell off the beam during their routines. That left St. Charles coach Amy Lill wanting more. 

“I’m a little pleased with tonight but we have a lot to work on,” Lill said. “I’m very pleased with all of my girls tonight. Next week we don’t have any meets which will be really nice so we can work on some things and get ready to go into conference.”

Brognia didn’t let the emotion of senior night get to her, placing second in the all-around (37.1) just behind Ginsberg (37.85). Brognia placed in all four events, including third in the vault (9.1), third in the bars (9.1), second on the beam (9.45) and rounding out the night with a win in the floor (9.45).

“I was emotional at the beginning. I put it behind me and tried to focus on the meet because we really needed these points for conference,” Brognia said. “I just had to focus on what I was doing but also the team. I think floor is my best event and it’s all about the landings and staying under control.”

Ginsberg also placed in all four events for Geneva, tying for first in the vault (9.4), placing second in the bars (9.4) and second on the floor (9.45) while setting a school record on the beam with a 9.7.

“I think a 9.5 was my high earlier in the season; I was surprised but the judge told me she was really impressed,” Ginsberg said. “It’s exciting especially as a freshman to see where we can go. Getting high scores and breaking school records is just boosting our confidence.”

Dugan took third overall in the all-around with a 36.35 while Copeland was fourth with a 35.9.

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