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Freedom, Robinson show best at region gymnastics

Freedom High School qualified for the state gymnastics meet after winning the Northwest Region team title Feb. 11 at Stafford High School. The Eagles scored 144.25 points to edge host Stafford, who scored 143.8 points.

Arianna Robinson led the Eagles to their first regional title in AAA, placing first in the all-around. She earned a total score of 38.175, and earned a first-place finish in both vault and uneven bars. She also took second in beam and fourth in floor.

This is Robinson’s first year with the squad. Last year, the sophomore competed exclusively with her club team.

Shannon Landry also placed for the Eagles, finishing sixth in bars and seventh in floor.

For the Northern Region, Stone Bridge’s Kelly McCabe qualified for states with a sixth place finish. McCabe scored a 9.35.

The Bulldogs finished fifth in regional competition, scoring 135.042 points. Washington-Lee finished first, followed by McLean.

The Virginia Gymnastics Team Championship is Feb. 17 at Salem High School in Virginia Beach.

Drews wins all-around at Virginia AA state qualifying meet

Loudoun County High School senior Jessica Drews won the balance beam and placed runner-up on the floor exercise on her way to claiming the all-around title at the Virginia AA/A Gymnastics State Qualifier meet Feb. 10 at Heritage High School.

Woodgrove’s Amanda Huebner (9.525) won the floor exercise, Abbey Tsao (8.850) of Potomac Falls was tops on the uneven bars and Loudoun County’s Victoria Miner (9.400) won the vault.

Drews scored 36.450 to win the all-around. She was honored by the Northern Virginia Gymnastics Officials as the Outstanding Senior Gymnast.

Huebner (36.350) was a close second in the all-around, followed by Miner (35.900), Hannah Powell (35.525) of Loudoun County and Tsao (35.175) rounded out the top five.

Darja Winkel and Marina Kiseleva of Briar Woods tied for eighth in the all-around with matching scores of 32.825.

Loudoun County’s Leigh Philbrick and Tuscarora’s Kaylie Etheridge tied for fifth on the vault at 8.575, while Annie Asai (9.100) of Loudoun County placed fourth on the floor exercise and Loudoun Valley’s Bria Lloyd (8.650) finished eighth on the balance beam.

The Virginia Gymnastics State Open Championship is Feb. 18 at Salem High School in Virginia Beach.

-Carl Lukat contributed to this story.


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