Ridgefield High School Gymnastics Team Prepare for Return from Vacation


Sebastian Rubino / [email protected]

Ridgefield High School’s women’s gymnastics team are hoping for a successful season when they return from vacation, despite an injury to one of the gymnasts.

The team being on a winter break, it will have time to recover, rest and prepare for their return, according to coach Richard Samuels.

“At this point we’ve had a bit of a slow start,” Samuels said. “I hope this break will give the girls some rest and we can continue from there.”

He noted rookie Kylee Mayberry fell during a beam meet. Mayberry hit her on the side of the beam as she prepared for their first competition.

At the start of the season, Samuels said all gymnasts suffer from “early season pain” which can be a hindrance.

“One of the challenges is from our first practice to our first competition, we only have four weeks, and that is to get the girls in shape, create their routines and prepare them for the competition,” he said. he declares. “It’s really difficult because of the nature of gymnastics.”

Samuels said some of the girls haven’t played fall sports this year, so gymnastics would be the first sport they participate in this year. Sport, according to Samuels, requires a lot of strength and conditioning.

“When you start any type of conditioning program it ranges from doing nothing to conditioning three or four days a week, so your body is sore and has to adjust, so we have to go through a period of weakness before we really start. to demonstrate our new strength, ”he said.

Once the gymnasts established their floor routines and adjusted to the beam, Samuels said they could get the maximum “starting value” for their competition routine.

The team competed in its first two competitions on December 11 and 18 against Mountain View and Fort Vancouver, respectively. To be eligible, gymnasts must complete at least 15 practices, so only four were eligible to participate in the first competition. During the second competition, only two gymnasts competed because their other teammates were sick or had other school-related dates.

“We won’t be full until the holidays,” Samuels said.

In the first competition, first year Sasha Glenn scored 8.05 on vault and 7.95 on beam, Mayberry scored 8.4 on vault, second year Kennadi Jones scored 8.25 on vault and Isabelle Sheley, a junior, scored 6.5 on beam and 6.8 on the chest.

In competition two, Mayberry scored 8.6 on vault and placed third overall, while Glenn posted a 6.5 on uneven bars.

The Ridgefield team does artistic gymnastics, which is one of the three categories of the sport which also includes rhythmic movement and trampoline. Because the team had fewer than five competitors, Samuels said they were not in contention for the team standings and could not be ranked against the other schools that participated. Samuels said he hopes that will change after the Christmas holidays.

Since most of the team are new, Samuels highlighted Sheley and Paige Maier as outstanding gymnasts as they are “third year veterans”. He said the leadership of the duo is very important to the team as a whole.

“I have a fun group of young girls,” Samuels said. “They laugh, they try to develop friendships with new people and they bring an energy that makes a seasoned old coach happy to work with these athletes. I’ve been doing this for a long time, so having a group of young people who are enthusiastic and who love not only the sport but also each other is fun.

Samuels trained high school gymnastics for 20 years and general gymnastics for 47 years.


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