SILVER SPRING — A quintet of Bethesda-Chevy Chase gymnasts shined on Tuesday at Blake High School.
Frances Leadman, Majalene Wright, Paige Moffitt, Emily Haight, and Tina Siyoum helped lead Bethesda-Chevy Chase to first place honors over Blair and Blake.
Their performance helped the Barons’ earn their first top finish in a meet this season.
“It feels amazing,” said Bethesda-Chevy Chase head coach Mary Ingram, whose team has already earned a pair of second-place finishes this year, “and I’m really proud because my girls had a great day and it feels good that they’re rewarded with a win after having a good day at a competition.”
Leadman, a sophomore, finished as the meet’s top all-around performer, placing first in the bars, beam and floor exercise and third in the vault.
Blair, who finished in second place, was led by Alejandra Vides-Austin, X’oniyae Stewart, Alysse Swann, Elizabeth Moose, Samira Mudd and Emily Fox.
“X’oniyae did really well and Alejandra did really well,” said Blair head coach Amanda Ruderman, whose team has finished in second place in every meet this season. “They both did all-around or close to all-around and then we had some girls step up for others who were either sick or not able to come today.”
Meanwhile, Blake, who is guided by co-coaches Candace Operario and Victoria White, received standout performances from Phylicia Cooper, Devin Parris, Joy Chibandika and Taylor Anaba.
“Those four actually push a little harder when we need them to, especially at meets, so they try to improve on something right then and there,” said White.
Ingram noted that both Sherwood and Walter Johnson stand out among the top gymnastics programs in Montgomery County this year and her team is looking forward to the countywide meet later this season.
“We have the county competition coming up the second week in May which all the schools will be at and that will be our toughest one of the season,” said Ingram.
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