For The Tribune

The Seymour gymnastics team has been working on new skill sets in their routines.

Despite nerves, and learning new facets to their performances, they still finished strong in a big-meet environment at Bloomington North on Saturday.

Owen Valley won the meet with 108.40 points, while Seymour finished with 97.90 for sixth place.

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Thirteen teams competed at the Bloomington Invitational, simulating a sectional tournament.

“An all-day meet is better than a two-hour dual (meet),” Owls coach Angie Mellencamp said. “It gives them a setting for what the competition is going to be like, when we get to sectional.”

The floor exercises were delayed for a half hour when a Franklin County athlete injured her leg.

The Owls were on the sideline, due up next.

The girls kept their composure, and despite the long delay, delivered a strong performance on their floor routines.

“I thought the girls did great today,” Mellencamp said. “Alyssa (Goen) had a great day. She hit, and had a beautiful floor routine. She brought home first place with a score of 9.6 (in the floor exercise), and in all around she was fourth.”

Goen finished fourth (8.825) on the beam, fifth (8.625) on the bars, and ninth (8.95) on the vault on top of her gold on the floor exercise.

With senior Sam Silver out with a sprained ankle, other Owls needed to step up in Bloomington.

“I’m proud of Aubrey Bowman, the freshman, who stepped up and competed (in all of the events),” Mellencamp said. “Her score contributed to the team total score.”

Mellencamp anticipates Silver to return to workouts next week when she gets off crutches.

Tuesday, the Owls will return to action when they travel to Jeffersonville for a dual meet.