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KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Geneva gymnastics freshman Claire Ginsberg

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Why she was selected: Scored a school-record 38.05 in the all-around at Thursday's UEC meet

Geneva freshman girls gymnast Claire Ginsberg continued her surge onto the scene at Thursday's Upstate Eight Conference meet at Neuqua Valley, scoring a team-record 38.05 in the all-around. Her landmark effort helped Geneva to a program-best team score of 149.15 en route to the conference title. Ginsberg, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley as the Vikings prepare to host a regional this week. Here's an edited transcript of their conversation:

What was going right for you at conference?

We've been working really hard lately, and just everything came together at once. Hit a lot of our routines, as a team and as an individual. And we ended up winning, which was the goal.

How is the morale around the team, knowing you are doing well and hosting a regional?

Well, the goal is to win the regional, I think, then make it to sectionals and hopefully state. … We have to keep our heads on straight and go in with confidence and hopefully, we'll come out on top.

Lately, the results faxes have said 'Claire Rose' instead of 'Claire.' Do you go by 'Claire Rose' now?

No. Basically everyone I know calls me "Claire," but there's two Claires on the team [senior Claire Scatterday is the other]. As soon as I came here, coach Kim (Hostman) started calling me "Claire Rose" [after Ginsberg's middle name], so now she likes to refer to me as that.

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