Owls gymnasts fall to No. 4 Bull Dogs

COLUMBUS

A wave of illness caught up with the Seymour gymnasts Monday night.

The Owls were well off the 106.075 score they put up in winning Saturday’s Bloomington South Invitational. As a result, they took a big loss Tuesday night at fourth-ranked Columbus North.

The Bull Dogs took all four individual events and the top three spots in the all-around competition in racking up a 111.025. Seymour had its lowest score of the season, a 99.75.

“It’s the time of the season when the girls are tired,” Seymour coach Angie Mellencamp said. “Their bodies are sore. A lot of these girls haven’t competed back-to-back meets.”

The Owls did have a couple of place-winners, led by Kellsye Warner. Warner finished third on the floor (9.425) and fourth on the beam (9.15) on her way to a fourth-place all-around finish (33.725).

Brett Kleber took third on the bars (8.05). Avery DeHart was fourth on the vault (8.8).

Following the vault, DeHart, Seymour’s No. 2 gymnasts, competed only on the bars before experiencing sickness and sitting out the final two events. Mellencamp said the Owls have had three gymnasts who have been battling sickness, and a couple didn’t make it in to practice Monday.

Among Seymour’s other competitors, Grace Furlow finished sixth in the all-around with a 32.075. Kleber took seventh (31.25), and Ivy Brown was eighth (30.525).

“We have some down time,” Mellencamp said. “Hopefully, we can get rested, get back in the gym and get working.”

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.