After a long season full of hard-earned victories, the Richmond High School girls gymnastics team is preparing for their biggest competition of the season: the IHSAA State Finals.
The girls said hard work made the difference in claiming their first regional championship in more than 40 years. Now, it’s the same level of preparation for State.
“We practice Mondays, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, Thursdays, and when we don’t have meets, Saturdays,” junior Liz Ruger said. “Our practices are usually 2 hours long, but a lot of us like to get extra work in and go in early.”
Richmond will practice on Friday at Muncie’s Worthen Arena prior to Saturday’s competition.
Along with all the lengthy practices, some girls have been doing their own preparations.
“I’ve been eating healthy and making sure I’m getting enough sleep,” junior Aubrey Uhte said prior to last Saturday’s regional title. “I’ve also been making sure to give 100% at practice so I can go into regionals feeling good and confident.”
Feeling good in practice has become very important to many girls on the team, especially the girls who are leaving the team next year.
“I know that this is my last year competing in gymnastics and so I am trying to take the time to appreciate and enjoy each practice,” senior Jensen Jones said. “I am trying to savor the last practices in a sport that I have spent 14 years in as well as enjoying the last practices with my teammates.”
There has been plenty to enjoy this year with a fourth consecutive sectional title and another trip to the State Finals. The Devils have had plenty of personal bests, too.
But maybe the Devils biggest wins came in sticking together with Covid-19 issues impacting their season. Therefore, the pressure of the competitions was not the only stressor for the girls this season.
“Worrying about the threat of being quarantined and missing practice as well as not being able to do as much team bonding added issues,” junior Kinsey Bosell said.