PLYMOUTH – The injury-riddled Lady Pilgrims entered the weekend down but definitely not out finishing 2nd behind Dekalb with a team score of 92.15 on Saturday.
With 3 of the 4 upperclassmen out with untimely injuries, the Pilgrims looked to the freshman roster to step up and take control.
Arielle Ferman and Susie Everett competed in the All-Around competition for the first time this year. Everett placed 9th on Vault with an 8.45. She also posted a 4.7 on bars, 7.15 on beam in her season debut, and 7.75 on the floor to finish with a 27.95 all-around. Not only did she compete all around but all four of her posted scores were counted towards the team total.
Ferman has competed in all four events this season but never all together in the same meet. She posted season highs on both Vault and Floor with an 8.0 and 7.95 respectively. She rounded out her day with a 6.65 on beam and a 3.9 on bars to finish with a 26.5 all-around. She entered the season never having done gymnastics before and continues to improve every week.
Joy Everett also played a large role in the Pilgrims 2nd place finish. She competed on Vault (8.05), Beam (6.55), and Floor (7.0). She completed the only no fall beam routine of the day for the Pilgrims line up. Joy continues to step up and fill in whatever role is asked of her on any given day.
Tessa Hutchinson battled through an ankle injury to compete on bars. Even with a lower-level routine for the junior, she still posted a 7.2 for a 10th place finish that was vital in helping the team score breakthrough into the 90s.
Yet again taking the lead for the Lady Pilgrims however was Senior Dorothy Karris. She anchored all 4 events and placed on everything. She posted season highs on vault, floor, and all-around. Finishing 3rd with an 8.85 on Vault, 5th with a 7.85 on Bars, 3rd with an 8.5 on Beam, 2nd with a 9.15 on Floor, and 3rd with a 34.35 in All-Around.
“Karris has continued to be a leader for the team and her consistency, leadership, and drive keep her teammates pushing for each other,” said Plymouth coach Amanda Bender. “This senior is making every meet count and holding back nothing as she marches through her final season.”
The Lady Pilgrims will be back in action Saturday, at the Carter Classic hosted by Fort Wayne Concordia.