2020 State Gymnastics Meet: Memory to Last a Lifetime

Posted on: May 12, 2020

The 2019/2020 Spartan Gymnasts had a season for the memory book and qualifying for State was the icing on the cake!  All their hard work and tireless dedication to the sport they love in addition to the strong camaraderie they shared was on full display as they made their way to the state meet on Friday February 28th.  The day started with the traditional “running of the halls” whereby Turpin individuals/teams who qualify for State are greeted with a rousing send-off as they run the halls of Turpin to the cheers of their friends, teachers and staff at Turpin.  


After a 2 ½ hour drive to Hiliard Ohio the ladies Spar10’s were anxious to get started.  Day one is the team competition, and as with any state sporting event, the competition is strong!  They competed against 12 of the toughest teams in Ohio (the state champion team has been the state champion for the past 17 years!) and took home an 11th place finish.  The gymnasts had a great meet, hitting their routines, and looking solid against a challenging field of athletes. 

But what was the most impressive was their bond and team spirit which shined through and through.  They encouraged, cheered and hugged each other on and gave unselfishly of themselves to each other.  Case in point was when  Olivia Meagher opted out of competing on bars so that Leah Roodhouse, who was out with an ankle injury, could get a chance to compete at the state meet.  The Spar10’s clearly demonstrated what it means to be a team player, again and again. The Spartans went to bed that night exhausted, but filled with pride and the knowledge they gave it their all.


Day 2 was the individual competition.  Senior Amber Russell qualified on the floor exercise, Freshman Elizabeth Miller qualified on bars, and Freshman Maycee Herzog qualified for all events and the all-around.  These ladies got to compete with the best of the best and they held their own.  For the rest of the team, they never let their teammates down and were their biggest and loudest fans!


With the end of any competition season, it would be normal to end with a tear or two, but the 2019/2020 Spartan Gymnasts came in with their “A” game, left nothing on the mat, and finished with their heads high and smiles on their faces!  Can’t wait to see what happens next year!