ALL STARS INDEPENDENCE DAY CUP JUNE 19, 2005
They even let the other teams relax a little. Aurora started
the meet on Beam, Andromeda on Bars, and Aquila on Bars. The
Independence Day Cup was on.
Nobody thought Aurora was strong enough –
they had lost two key gymnasts over the course of the session,
and had only 5 scores to pull from. Nobody, that is, except for
their Coach. Aquila started strong on Vault, but it was
Andromeda jumping to an early lead on the Bars, thanks to top
scores from Angela and Katherine.
Aurora’s Beam sets were solid, but they
didn’t look so outstanding. They were waiting. Aquila moved to
Bars, where they had some struggles, but saw solid routines from
Emily and Lauren. Andromeda moved to Beam, and had to count a
fall, despite Devi’s top performance. Aurora performed well on
Floor, but again, they were not outstanding.
But it all changed when their coach told
them to “turn it up.” Aurora moved to vault, where almost their
entire team had raised their difficulty values, and performed
new vaults. They were behind by about a point, and Andromeda
thought it was in the driver’s seat. Aurora’s Lisa and Amanda
had great vaults, and Aurora caught nearly up to Andromeda.
And they made it crystal clear on the Bars. Andromeda’s vaults
were solid, Aquila’s floor routines were fine, but Aurora on the
bars made it clear that they were the best. They blew past
Andromeda, and took home the title with a 105.3 Team Score.
They may not have had the All Around individual title, but they
had 4 solid scores on every event, and enough depth to send the
other two teams home empty handed. Tune in next December for
the Winter Challenge, to see if Aurora can make it 3 in a row!