Spartans Heading to State!

Posted on: February 24, 2020

WHAT A DAY!  For the first time since 2006 the Turpin gymnastics team is heading to the State Competition in Columbus.  In addition, senior Amber Russell, freshman Maycee Herzog and freshman Elizabeth Miller will compete as individuals.


The Southwest Ohio District Gymnastics championship was held this past Saturday, February 22nd, at Lakota East High School.  Fourteen teams competed in the meet with approximately 90 gymnasts competing in total. The top 2 teams advance to state, and the Spartans took 2nd to get there.  In addition, the top 6 gymnasts on each event qualify as individuals, the spartan’s will send 3 as individuals.


After coming off a frustrating performance at the City Championships the week before, the Turpin Spa10’s got back their groove and showed the crowd what 4 months of hard work and dedication can do.  Every gymnast on the team executed her routine with confidence, skill, and poise, and did exactly what she needed to get do to propel the team to a season high score of 137.725 and a 2nd place state qualifying finish.  There was no “I” in this team and it showed.


The Spartan’s started things off on Bars.  Maycee Herzong placed 4th and Elizabeth Miller placed 6th allowing both to qualify as individuals. Anna Grimes took 15th, Serra Tuzun placed 17th, Whitney Welling placed 32nd and Olivia Meagher came in at 48. After the first event, it was clear that the girls were gaining their rhythm back and smiles were on everyone’s faces.


Next up was Beam.  Again, the girls executed their routines like it was a walk in the park. Maycee placed 2nd with a 9.15 qualifying as an individual on the beam.  Serra Tuzun was 17th with a season high score of 8.6. She was followed by Elizabeth Miller in 19th, Amber Russell in 23rd, Anna Grimes in 34th spot, and Whitney Welling came in at 36th.  After a superb event, you could sense that the Turpin gymnasts were back and on a roll. To quote Amber Russell following the event, “that felt good”! Knowing that they were heading to their best event next, Floor, there was definitely an air about them that shouted “Watch Us Now”.


Moving on to the floor event, the Spartan’s took flight, literally.  Maycee place #1 on the floor exercise with a 9.325. She was followed closely by Amber Russll in 3rd place with a 9.25. Both gymnasts will advance as individuals on the floor exercise.  Serra Tuzun had a 14th place finish, Natalie Combs took the #17 spot, Kassidy Nfzinger came in at 18 and Olivia Meagher a strong 42nd. With the completion of the floor exercise behind them and one more event to go, nothing was going to hold them back now.


The Spartan’s wrapped things up on the vault.  Maycee Herzog showed off her new vault earning an 8.95 and catapulted herself to a 4th place finish and state qualifying spot.  Anna Grimes nailed her vault and took 10th. Serra Tuzun came in at 16th, Natalie Combs was 20th, Amber Russell was 24th, and Alice Utz 35th.  


In the All Around, it was Maycee Herzog finishing 1st with a season high score of 36.125.  Serra Tuzun finished 15th also with a season high score of 33.6.


At the conclusion of the meet, the District awarded the following awards:


Sportsmanship: These are athletes nominated by their coaches because they demonstrate extraordinary leadership and team spirit.  Leah Roodhouse won the Sportsmanship award for Turpin.


Scholar Athletes: The scholar athlete award goes to seniors with a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  All 4 seniors, Amber Russell, Olivia Meagher, Leah Roodhouse, and Serra Tuzun, won the award for Turpin.


Four Year Seniors:  This award goes to seniors who were a part of the team for 4 years.  Again, this award went to Amber, Olivia, Serra and Leah.


All District Team:  The all-district team honors the gymnast who placed in the top 10 on any event at District.  Amber Russell, Maycee Herzog, Anna Grimes, and Elizabeth Miller all earned this honor.


Finally, but most importantly the District Coach of the Year: The coaches association vote for the district coach of the year.  This year it went to Turpin’s Gail Maundrell!!!!!!!

Next stop, the State Gymnastics Championship which will be held on Friday February 28th and Saturday February 29th in Columbus.  Let’s go Lady Spar10’s!