The Camas High School gymnasts misplaced their equipment, uniforms and music, but that didn’t stop them from winning the first session of the Winterfest Invitational Saturday, at the Naydenov Gymnastics Center in Vancouver.
“This was one of the funniest meets because it was like we forgot everything,” said freshman Alexis Sabatini. “But most importantly, we remembered to have a good time. That’s the only way we can win is to have fun.”
The Papermakers racked up 158.65 points to defeat Prairie (152.35), Mountain View (146.65), Skyview (123.6) and Evergreen (122.45). Caleigh Lofstead delivered 32 of those points to finish in fifth place in the all-around competition. Gabrielle Bird (31.25), Sabatini (31) and Shannon Ross (30.95) followed suit in the all-around.
“I’m glad we contributed to the team and to Camas all the way,” said freshman Riley Truitt.
“Neither one of us could have done it alone,” Lofstead added. “We all needed each other.”
Ross earned third place in the floor exercise (9.2) and Lofstead snagged fourth place on the vault (8.3). Bird grabbed fourth place (8.1) and Sabatini took fifth place (7.9) on the beam. Hannah Marquis finished in fourth place (7.75) on the bars, and Lofstead followed in fifth place (7.7).
“What I’ll remember most is the fact that we can all pull together as a team when we need to,” Ross said. “Even when things go wrong, we can still stick together and have a good time.”