For a fourth consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last six seasons, the Freedom Eagles soared to the top of the Class 5 leaderboard at the Virginia High School League State Gymnastics Championships.
The Eagles — coached by Laura Wrighte — scored 143.85 points in the Class 5 team competition to edge runner-up Stafford (141.383) by more than two points Feb. 20 at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.
Riley Waldrop paced Freedom by scoring 9.033 or better in all four events. Emily Hyun scored in three events — highlighted by a 9.533 on the floor exercise — for the Eagles.
Taylor Duncan and Emily Clark both scored in multiple events, while Camryn Procaccini, Paulina Pham and Riley Mullins each factored in Freedom’s scoring in one event.
Making its second consecutive appearance in the team competition, Heritage placed fourth overall with 133.983 points. Riley Carroll, Caitlyn Nash and Taylor Hunter paced the Pride’s scoring in all four events.
Waldrop and Hyun also enjoyed success Feb. 21 in the individual competition. Waldrop (37.651) placed third in the all-around and Hyun (36.75) finished seventh.
Carly Snyder of Loudoun Valley earned the best event finish among Loudon gymnasts. Snyder — who placed ninth in the all-around — tied for second on the vault with a score of 9.617.
Here is a listing of Loudoun gymnasts who placed among the top 15 during the individual competition.
3. Riley Waldrop (Freedom) 37.651
7. Emily Hyun (Freedom) 36.75
9. Carly Snyder (Loudoun Valley) 36.383
13. Riley Carroll (Heritage) 35.601
2t. Carly Snyder (Loudoun Valley) 9.617
4t. Riley Waldrop (Freedom) 9.6
13t. Riley Evans (Woodgrove) 9.283
15t. Avery Goodlin (Loudoun Valley) 9.267
7t. Riley Waldrop (Freedom) 9.267
12. Emily Hyun (Freedom) 9.017
13. Kylee Hudson (Lightridge) 8.833
4. Emily Hyun (Freedom) 9.733
7t. Riley Waldrop (Freedom) 9.567
9. Kaitlyn Almonte (Riverside) 9.517
3t. Emily Hyun (Freedom) 9.5
6. Riley Carroll (Heritage) 9.467
7. Riley Evans (Woodgrove) 9.45
9. Marissa Friedl (Woodgrove) 9.317
10t. Carly Snyder (Loudoun Valley) 9.283
10t. Ella Peterson (Loudoun Valley) 9.283
14t. Riley Waldrop (Freedom) 9.217