March 9, 2013

Logan gymnasts make history, claim 1st regional title

by Beau Wicker

LAFAYETTE — Logansport’s gymnastics program has had many state-ranked teams and state finalist gymnasts.

But the Berries had never won a regional title and advanced to the state finals as a team — until Friday night.

The No. 10-ranked Berries made history by winning their first regional title in the sport, and they did so in convincing fashion. They recorded a 107.1 to defeat runner-up New Palestine (103.5) by 3.6 points. Both teams advanced to next Saturday’s state finals at Ball State University.

Logansport’s fabulous freshman tandem of Kelley Platt and Emily Pomasl finished 1-2 in the all-around. Platt was the regional all-around champion with a 37.35. Pomasl was second with a 36.225.

Platt was also the regional champion in all four individual events, winning on vault (9.55), floor (9.45), beam (9.225) and bars (9.125).

Pomasl was second on both vault (9.4) and bars (9.075), third on beam (8.55) and fourth on floor (9.2).

Less than four months removed from having surgery to repair a torn ACL, Logan senior Morgan Kline amazingly recorded a fifth-place finish on bars (8.55).

Logan sophomores Ashlyn Brown (8.175) and Maddy Rosenberger (8.15) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, on beam, meaning they, too, would have advanced to the state finals as individuals if they hadn’t been part of an advancing team.

Rosenberger also had an 8.9 on vault. Freshman Elizabeth Nies had a 7.9 on floor. Freshman Hannah Brandt recorded an 8.55 on vault and a 7.35 on floor.

Pick up Sunday's Pharos-Tribune for complete coverage of the event.