Marysville’s girls gymnastics team is pictured from left, front row, Vilde Solvang, Yazmin Esparza, Katelyn Rabe, Mary Calvert, Kaylene Baschnagel, Brooklyn Keller and Grace Heller; second row, Jackie Rychlik, Jennifer McKillen, Hannah Bates, Ashlyn Etherington, Avery Murphy, Hannah Scheiderer, Chloe Baschnagel, Kelsey Murphy, Bryn Rychlik and Catie Cruikshank. Not pictured, Grace McKillen. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
A solid lineup of returning lettermen will be complemented by a strong freshmen class this season for the Marysville High School gymnastics team.
Veteran gymnasts and their specialty events include:
-Senior Mary Calvert, All-Around;
-Senior Grace McKillen, All-Around;
-Senior Kayleen Baschnagel, All-Around;
-Senior Katelynn Rabe, bars and beam;
-Senior Brooklyn Heller, floor exercise;
-Senior Grace Keller, bars and beam;
-Senior Yasmin Esperanza, beam;
-Junior Brynn Rychlik, All-Around;
-Junior Hannah Bates, bars and beam;
-Junior Hannah Scheiderer, All-Around;
-Sophomore Chloe Baschnagel, All-Around.
Coach Amber Calvert said the team’s veteran presence is a plus.
“This team has more than 100 seasons combined of competition experience,” she said. “Some girls started out as young as seven years of age.
“I also have a very strong freshmen class coming in this year,” said Calvert. “All five girls can compete All-Around and were a part of the Bunsold Middle School gymnastics program during their seventh and eighth-grade years.”
Those newcomers include Avery Murphy, Kelsey Murphy, Ashlyn Etherington, Jackie Rychlik and Catie Cruikshank.
“This team is also very diverse in that most girls can compete in any of the four events,” the coach said. “I have a lot of choices when it comes to the lineup.”
If there is a concern among the program, it’s actually the size of the roster.
“We have a large team,” said Calvert. “There are many talented girls who are working hard to earn their spot in the lineup.
“I wish there was room for everyone in every competition,” she said. “However, many meets we will only have six or eight spots per event.
“A large team is certainly a blessing, however, as we have the most depth we’ve ever had since the program’s inception seven years ago.”
Calvert said her goals for the season are to stay healthy throughout the lineup and win the Ohio Capital Conference championship.
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