Girls Varsity Gymnastics
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Jan 7, 2017
Farmington United Gymnastics travelled to Rockford this past weekend for the annual Rockford
Gymnastics Invitational. FUG started where they ended last year by winning the Invitational which
hosted 14 teams. It is early in the season and we were aware that Rockford would be our biggest
competition along with Plymouth , Canton, and Forest Hills. FUG outscored Rockford 143.65-140.75.
Plymouth was third with a 135.375. The team remains undefeated so far this season.
It was a good win for the Farmington squad this early in the season. We went into the meet with
hopes of placing first. Earlier in the season we had hit a 145, which I thought was a little high, but it
indicated we have a strong team this year. I knew Rockford would be strong as each year they are
amongst the elite teams in the state. Although the win tastes good, we have to remember that we will
see them again at other invitationals and at the State Meet.
We have to remember that teams may have injured gymnasts or didn't’t have a great meet and be
ready for them each and every time. We have a solid group of gymnasts on the squad this year. We
have a lot of depth. There is a lot of competition to make the starting line – that is the wish of every
coach, as it pushes athletes to get better and better. It is a healthy completion that I hope the girls
realize will make them stronger gymnasts.
We were able to have two Farmington teams compete this meet. An “A” team” with our top five
gymnasts on each event and a “B” team with the remaining gymnasts. As a sign of our depth, our “B”
team placed 6 th overall in the meet- a huge accomplishment. I have tried to emphasize to all the
gymnasts that they are good athletes, even if they do not compete in our top line-up each meet.
However, these gymnasts may end up on A-team if they continue to progress. On a good team they
have a tendency to get overshadowed, so I hope the accomplishments of this past weekend helps them
to recognize their abilities.
Captain Olivia Deming and Kamini Playle both competed on B team and yet still medaled by placing in
the top 10 of all gymnasts on a specific event. Deming hit her highest score yet on the vault with a 8.975
which placed 9 th overall. Deming is returning from a season ending knee injury and surgery. She is such
a tough minded individual. Her positive attitude and determination have helped her overcome many
obstacles. This is one reason why she was voted a captain. Playle hit a 9.275 on the balance beam and
placed 2 nd overall. Kamini doesn’t realize her potential yet. If she begins to believe in herself and
continues to push herself I think she has the chance to really make some significant strides this year as a
freshman. I was so happy for each of these girls. What a huge accomplishment for both of them. In
addition, freshman Sara Lashbrook just missed medaling on the balance beam by .05.
To hit consistently in the 144 range you need to average a 9.0 from 4 gymnasts on each event. That
we are able to do this speaks volumes about our talent level. Junior Elena Vargo led the way by posting
the highest all-around score of the entire meet with a 36.925 . She also won the vault, beam, and floor
competition. She is a great addition to last year’s returning State Championship team. She has not hit
her full potential yet as she is adapting to the high school setting after coming from club gymnastics.
She is very talented and will remain a force all season. Captain Kacey Noseworthy had the second
highest all-around score of the entire meet with a 35.7 . Kacey is a Division II gymnast and this earned
her 1 st place in three events: all-around, vault, and bars. Kacey has been a gymnast that I can always
count on. She didn’t have her best meet but she was able to grind it out and still manage to win the all-
around competition. That’s what I like about her- is her ability to always compete despite any adversity.
I hope the other gymnasts see this and use her example of never quitting.
Ava Farquhar placed 5 th in the all-around and 3 rd on beam and bars. I thought this was a great
achievement for her. The all-around competition is a sign of a complete gymnast. Ava has always done
well on vault and beam, but she has really improved on bars and floor. She is a dynamic captain who
keeps the team loose and ready to go. Allison Schultz had her high scores of the year on vault (9.2 – 3 rd
place) and floor (9.225 – 4 th place). Allie also tied for 4 th on the uneven bars. She is definitely heading in
the right direction. She is on the verge of adding some important skills to her routines. If she succeeds
in adding those skills I think you will see her medaling more often. Shelby Smith had a great meet
placing 6 th on floor ( 9.1) and 7 th on beam (8.925). Shelby is a happy go lucky athlete. With her skill level
this makes her a great competitor. Sydney Schultz placed 8 th on bars and was limited to two events
because of a heel injury. Shelby, Allie, and Sydney are providing a lot of quality depth to the team. On
many teams across the state they might be the top one or two gymnast on the team. When you have
gymnasts who can hit the scores they do it makes a difference between the top teams in the state.
The team hosts Livonia Red at the Farmington Gymnastics Center on January 11 and Canton on