Girls Varsity Gymnastics
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Jan 26, 2019
- RAIDERS: 147.325
MULTIPLE OPPONENTS: 144.50
Eighteen teams across the state of Michigan participated in the Jeanne Caruss Gymnastics Invitational
held at Lakeland High School on Saturday, January 26. Farmington continued to progress as they scored
a season high 147.325, capturing 1 st place. It was the third year in a row that FUG captured the title at
The team battled with Livonia Blue the entire meet. Farmington started on the floor exercise and got
things going with some great routines. Ava Farquhar started us off with a 9.1, followed by Allie Schultz
and Shelby Smith who both scored a season high 9.5. I knew if Kacey and Elena hit their scores it would
be huge. Elena Vargo posted a 9.625 and Kacey Noseworthy a 9.75 . The next event was vault and
Farmington won that event with the help of a 9.825 by Elena Vargo who probably has the most difficult
vault in the state – a layout Yurchenko- which has a start value of 10.0. Kacey Noseworthy had a 9.4.
The team had some trouble on bars. Livonia took advantage and gained almost a point. After three
events FUG was in 1 st place by only .55 points heading into the balance beam. It was good to have this
competition as we had not seen a strong team like Livonia Blue yet this season. The coaches don’t
typically tell the gymnasts the scores during the meet, but Coach Kim Mandrelle decided to put some
pressure on the girls as they headed into the balance beam, an event that decides meets. Ava Farquhar
responded with a 9.225. Kacey and Elena responded with a 9.325 and 9.675 respectively. These
pressure routines were enough to outscore Livonia by 2.5 points and led the team to victory.
I was happy that most of the competitors who participated in the meet medaled in one event or the
other. This is quite the accomplishment as there were 80-90 gymnasts on each event. Allison Schultz
and Shelby Smith both medaled on the floor exercise.
Elena Vargo had the highest all-around score of the meet and her season high score with a 38.025 and
winning the Division I all-around. Not many gymnasts can compete at that level. Her high skill level
enables her to have a higher starting value in her routines. This, along with her ability to make the sport
look good, helps her to hit some very high scores: 9.825 on vault (1 st place), 9.675 on beam (1 st place),
and a 9.625 on floor. She had trouble on bars yet still scored an 8.9. As the season progresses I am
learning that she is quite the competitor. She has been a huge asset to the team.
Kacey Noseworthy won the Division II all-around with a 37.45. Kacey is a flat out competitor. Her
body is hurting yet she has the ability to dig deep and come up with some big scores. I love that she is
on our team because I know she brings it every time. Kacey placed 1 st on vault (9.4) and floor (9.75).
With her experience from last year, along with returnees Sydney Schultz, Allison Schultz, Shelby Smith,
and Ava Farquhar , plus new additions Elena Vargo and Kamini Playle, I always feel like we have a
chance to win any meet.
Ava Farquhar had her highest all-around score, 35.8 and took 2 nd place. Ava is a key component to our
team. We put her first on most events because she is so tough mentally and physically that she gets the
ball rolling. She is a solid gymnast on each event who works so hard in the gym despite many aches and
pains. We are not the same team without her. It is one of the reasons why she is a team captain and
that we won states last year. I was really proud of her accomplishments this meet- she deserves them.
It’s fun to coach a group of gymnasts like this group. They are a coach’s dream from the perspective
that they go all out each and every meet. They like to have a lot of fun. No matter how the season ends
I am really enjoying working with these girls to see how far we can go.
The team travels to Canton for another huge Invite next Saturday. After that meet I think we will see
what teams are amongst the top in the state.