SMA gymnastics squad fares well at Bellefonte Bash
St. Marys will travel to Altoona tonight for a 6 p.m. meetBELLEFONTE – The St. Marys Area gymnastics squad traveled to Bellefonte on Saturday to compete in the Bellefonte Bash Invitational. "The girls did really well and we are continuing to see our scores go up, especially on our two most difficult events - bars and beam," said St. Marys Area coach Irene McCandless. "We seem to be staying pretty steady score-wise on vault and floor."McCandless noted that senior Michaela Sorg had an "awesome" floor routine and hit her career highest score of 8.475. "Our top four bar girls - Mackenzie Neureiter, Nicole Florio, Abby Wittman and Michaela Sorg - were all again able to gain qualifying scores for states," McCandless said. "All of our girls in this event hit their highest bar scores of the season thus far. Most of the girls are becoming a little more comfortable in competing."We are continuing in the right direction with upping our scores and becoming better at performing. The new girls are starting to come out of their shells and starting to compete better. I was very pleased with the performances of the girls at this invite." In the vault, Sorg placed fourth against other seniors with a score of 8.2. Abby Wittman was also fourth against other juniors competing in the event with a score of 8.1. Sophomores Mackenzie Neureiter and Katlyn McCandless were sixth and 12th, respectively, with scores of 8.25 and 7.2. At the freshmen level, Cheyenne Bothun was fifth with a score of 8.0, Nicole Florio was seventh with a 7.9, Allison Prokop was tenth with a 7.7 and Marissa Pangallo was 12th with a 7.4. In the uneven bars, Sorg was second against her fellow seniors with a score of 7.9. Wittman was second among the juniors with a score of 7.35. At the sophomore level, Neureiter finished tenth with a score of 7.25. Florio, Madison Quesenberry, and Bothun were fifth, ninth and 10th, respectively, among the freshmen with scores of 7.0, 6.4, and 6.3. On the uneven bars Sorg was second against her fellow seniors with a score of 7.9. Wittman was also second among the juniors with a 7.35. Neureiter was 10th at the sophomore level with a 7.25. Florio, Quesenberry, and Bothun were fifth, ninth, and tenth among the freshmen, respectively, with scores of 7.0, 6.4, and 6.3. On the balance beam, Sorg finished sixth out of all the seniors with a score of 6.2. Wittman was also sixth among the juniors with a score of 5.9. Neureither finished 10th against her fellow sophomores with a score of 7.05. Freshmen Florio, Bothun, and Quesenberry were fifth, eighth, and 10th, respectively, with scores of 7.15, 5.55, and 5.2. In the all-around, Sorg was fourth among the seniors with a 30.78. Wittman was also fourth among the juniors with a 28.70, and Florio was fifth among the freshmen with a 30.00. The Lady Dutch will be back in action tonight as they travel to Altoona to take on the Lady Lions in a 6 p.m. meet.