COLUMBUS

It was a good way to end 2016 for the Seymour gymnastics team on Saturday.

Coach Angie Mellencamp was pleased with the results in the season opener against Columbus East, but they still fell short to the Olympians 107.35-98.35.

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The Olympians were led by junior Adi Minor, who swept all four events to win the all-around score with a 38.35. Seena Greiwe finished runner-up in the all-around for East with a 35.05.

Kellsye Warner led the Owls with a third-place finish in the all-around with a score of 34.65.

“I think the girls were somewhat prepared for this first meet,” Mellencamp said. “I love that this meet is early because it kind of kicks them into gear for this season.”

Minor finished first place in the vault (9.85), uneven bars (9.75), balance beam (9.15), and floor exercise (9.6). Greiwe finished second in the vault (9.0), uneven bars (8.65), and floor exercise (8.95).

Warner finished second on the balance beam (9.0) and came in third place on the uneven bars with an 8.4. She came in fourth place on the floor exercise with a score of 8.7. She tied with teammate Avery DeHart for fourth place on the vault (8.55).

DeHart finished third on the balance beam with an 8.85 SHS and Brett Kleber placed third in the vault with a score of 8.65.

“Kellsye did great. She nailed her bar routine,” Mellencamp said. “Avery DeHart had a beautiful beam and floor routine and we still have some twisting to put in, but it is the very beginning of the season.

As far as sticking routine today, the majority of the girls did great. I am very proud of their vaults because last year our vaults were our downfall. Today, every girl hit at least one.”

Mellencamp will have them fine tuned at the end of the season.

“We will jump up quite a bit and the girls have a team goal this year is (a team score of) 104,” she said. “If you add up all of their skills and all of their bonuses for every single event, it is reachable: It’s attainable. For starting out today’s score, I was real pleased with that.”

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James Pence is a sports correspondent for The Republic.