NAPERVILLE – It seems each time the Geneva girls gymnastics team has reached its peak, a new bar is set with a high score. Coming into Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference meet, Vikings coach Kim Hostman had high hopes, but Geneva posted a school-record score of 149.15 to exceed all expectations.
The remarkable score makes the Vikings a serious threat at the state meet.
The familiar names were all on the scoresheet for Geneva in Claire Rose Ginsberg, Dom Brognia and Grace Ginsberg, but it was the depth that helped the Vikings push past runner-up St. Charles and the old school mark that made Hostman most happy.
“We had such an amazing [meet], we worked really hard all week as I’ve been pushing them all week and obviously it paid off,” Hostman said. “We stuck almost every landing; the girls have been working so hard on them. They’re supporting each other, which is key.”
Hostman was nervous about Geneva’s start on the beam, but strong showings from the Ginsberg sisters, Brognia and Clare Scatterday provided the perfect launch point for the meet.
“We had a couple of falls that we counted and we were still really strong,” Hostman said. “We had a lot of difficulty on connections but if we clean up that, we’re right on track.”
Along with the high score, Claire Rose Ginsberg continued her solid season, capturing the conference championship with an all-around score of 38.05, beating out teammate Brognia by .35.
“We added a few new skills for her so that obviously helped on the all-around,” Hostman said. “Obviously that paid off for her. She’s young but everyone has been rallying around her.”
Geneva has quite the duo with Claire Rose Ginsberg and Brognia, who took second in the all-around at 37.75.
Brognia took first in the uneven parallel bars (9.35) and second in the balance beam (9.6) and floor exercise (9.4).
Claire Rose Ginsberg took first in the vault (9.6), floor (9.65) and third in the balance beam (9.55).
The St. Charles co-op was second overall with a 144.65 led by Sidney Copeland’s first-place finish in the balance beam with a 9.65.
Rachel Dugan took third overall in the all-around competition for St. Charles, finishing with a 37.0.
The teams will turn their attention to regionals competitions late next week.