Owls take flight with help of crowd

For The Tribune

For the first time this season the Seymour gymnastics team was able to enjoy the comfort of their surroundings at Gymnastics Lane. With a good crowd cheering for the Owls it helped as they picked up the 99.825-86.475 win against Shelbyville.

Owls Coach Angie Mellencamp was pleased with how the team performed in their first home match of the year.

“Finally get a home meet and it feels good,” Mellencamp said. “The girls were comfortable on their home floor and home equipment. I think there were a little nerves in front of our home crowd.

Alyssa Goen continues to shine for the Owls as she scored a first in all four events and all-around. She had an 8.85 on vault, 8.475 on bars, 8.7 on beam and tied with Samantha Silver on floor with a 9.025. She had an all-around score of 35.05.

“Floor was huge,” Mellencamp said. “The girls have been working really hard on their routines. We had some big sticks tonight.”

Jenna Thomas was second in all-around for the Owls with a 31.775. Thomas was second on beam with an 8.05, third on floor with an 8.275 and was fourth on vault with a 8.25 and bars with a 7.2.

Peyton Heyne was third for the Owls in all-around with a 29.875. She had three fifth place finishes on the night.

“Peyton has put a lot of hours in the gym,” Mellencamp said. “It is really showing. She pulled a lot of good scores for us tonight to help the team score. Sam and Alyssa had solid floor routines.”

Others for the Owls were Aubrie Bowman, who got second on vault (8.3) and second on bars with a 7.5. Silver, the only senior had an 8.2 on vault.

“They’ve done great tonight,” Mellencamp said. “We had a solid beam routine, and I have not seen that from the girls this year. We still need to work on our sticks, but they had a good meet.”