APEX — Millbrook won the Cap Eight championship Friday for the fourth consecutive year, but the team is hoping for even bigger goals this year.
Millbrook won the state title in 2011, but has watched Green Hope capture the past two.
Wildcats coach Rachel Garland knows it will not be an easy feat with so many top teams in the state, but with nine seasoned juniors, Millbrook has as good a chance as any team.
Millbrook finished with 154 points, followed by Enloe (148.10), Wake Forest (145.65), Leesville Road (144.80) and Wakefield (133.55) at the Cap Eight championship meet Friday at Team Attraction Gymnastics in Apex.
Millbrook’s Lydia Sobhan led all Cap Eight gymnasts with a 38.95 all around score. Sobhan was followed by two Enloe gymnasts, Temple Dahn (37.85) and Kayla Watson (37.65).
“Most of these girls are on competitive club teams, so they train year-round,” said Garland, a former N.C. State gymnast in her third year coaching Millbrook. “They’ve been doing this since they were toddlers.”
Senior Anna Leigh Allman (37.05) also led the Wildcats. Junior Sydney Snead, who has competed in Texas three separate times for national events, took top honors in both the floor exercises and the beam with a 9.85 score in each event.
“High school gymnastics are so much fun, it’s exciting to be able to pull for your teammates,” said Snead, who will be a member of the University of Georgia gymnastics team when she goes to college. “We have to pay attention to a lot of details to perform our best.”
Sobhan won the bars (9.8), while no one could top the Enloe’s Watson on the vault (9.85).
Gabby Kisner (37.65) was the top scorer for Leesville Road, while Jackie Rogers (36.9) paced Sanderson, Audrie Bruce (36.65) led Wake Forest and Rebecca Liptrot (35.5) scored highest for Wakefield.
Although both Leesville Road gymnasts, Kisner and Camille Brockschmitt (36.8), finished higher than any Wake Forest gymnast, the Cougars’ balanced scoring among the top four propelled them into third place, less than one point ahead of Leesville Road.
Following Bruce for the Cougars were Marielle Curcio (36.55), Natalie Stevens (36.3) and Carlee Reed (35.5).
Many of the gymnasts will compete in Raleigh this week in the state championship. Unfortunately, some top gymnasts, including Snead, will be in Tennessee for a club team championship, which was inadvertently scheduled the same week as the North Carolina state championship meet.