Caddo Magnet of Shreveport kept its LHSAA winning streak going on Saturday when it clinched its fifth consecutive girls gymnastics championship, and the Mustangs did it in their usual way. Caddo, which has won previous championships by as few as .40 points, managed to score just high enough to edge second-place Baton Rouge High to secure the win.
Trailing BRHS by less than a point going into Division I competition, the Mustangs outscored the Bulldogs 36.65 to 33.70 in the Level 8 session for a final winning score of 222.55 to 220.15.
St. Joseph’s Academy had a 33.25 all-around performance from its only Division I entrant, Charly Hull, to edge Dutchtown 215.35-214.90 for third place. East Ascension rounded out the scoring with 206.10.
“It never gets any easier, and it’s always sweet, it really is,” Caddo coach Julie Anderson said. “I’ll be losing 17 seniors off my two teams (boys and girls), and this is a special group. They’ve been with me since they were eighth graders.
Anderson pointed to a weak performance by her team in the Division I phase that propelled her team to the win.
“The vault was terrible,” she said, “Let’s get that out of the way first. We totally lost our focus. So I looked right at the girls (Emma Armstrong and Alyssa Hoey) and I told them ‘This is what I need on bars and this is what I need on beam,’ and they did it.”
Baton Rouge High started the meet by taking a narrow lead in the Level 3 compulsory segment.
Behind three top-10 finishes anchored by Allison Dupuy, who finished first in the All-Around, the Bulldogs led Caddo by 1.1 points going into the Level 4 session.
Caddo, E.D. White, SJA and Catholic of New Iberia finished Level 4 in a near dead heat, with Reagann Leleux of CHNI edging Mia Cook of Caddo and Zoryah Gray of BRHS with a 38.150 mark in the All-Around.
Junior Kamryn Ryan of Hahnville, who will compete in college for Centenary, recaptured the Level 8 crown she had earned as a freshman after a second-place finish in 2017. While BRHS and Caddo battled for the overall title, Dutchtown made a move to the top of Level 8. Dutchtown had top-10 finishes from Kendall Knaps (second), Uzoamako Njoku (third) and Izabela Bowles (seventh) to squeeze by Hahnville 110.60 to 106.75 to win the division.
Knaps made a run at the all-around title, losing to Ryan 38.25 to 37.65, with Njoku another .40 behind.
“I did the best I could,” Knaps said. “I love Kamryn, and we’ve competed against each other for a long time. My team did great, and they’ll be back next year to win.”
The meet at Baton Rouge High completed the season for 215 high school gymnasts. On Friday, BRHS outlasted E.D. White for the boys championship, with Robbie Shamp of Thomas Jefferson earning his third all-around title.