Scecina's gymnastic team: (back row, from left) manager Carly Feree, Mary O'Connor, Molly Griffin, Coach Allison Delaney. (Front row) Hannah Tyler, Hannah Burck, Addy Turner.
By Cari Gallagher '93, Athletics Assistant
Scecina Memorial High School is home to the only gymnastics program within the 17 City Alliance Schools, and one of just two programs among the eight-school Indiana Crossroads Conference. Thanks to Coaches Allison Delaney '10 and Elaine O’Brian, and the support of past coach Anne O’Connor, the Scecina gymnastics program is flourishing in a time when many other schools are ending their programs.
Gymnastics began at Scecina in the 2014-15 school year with just two gymnasts, Molly Griffin ’18 and Mary O’Connor ’17. Despite their limited roster the duo posted several individual top-three finishes during their inaugural season. The ranks have grown over the past two years to include five gymnasts, making the squad eligible for team competitions.
First-year head coach Delaney is happy with the tone of the program. “This group of girls has an overall positive attitude,” she says. “They always try new skills when I suggest them, they work hard to be their own best gymnast."
Sophomore Hannah Burck is not only a rookie to the Crusader team, but also new to the sport of gymnastics.
"I have never done competitive gymnastics,” Hannah said, “but at Scecina I have the opportunity to try any sport or club I want, even if I have never done it before.” In addition to participating in gymnastics, Hannah is also involved in volleyball, track and field, Key Club, and Scecina Student Ambassadors.
According to Coach Delaney, Hannah is just the type of athlete a coach want on her team.
Hannah has never done gymnastics before now, yet she is persistent and tenacious,” she said.
I ask her to get on a 4-inch beam that’s 4 feet in the air to attempt a new skill, and she does it. She may fall and hit the beam, but she gets right back up and tries again until she masters that skill. This is just one example of her ‘never-quit’ attitude, which helps inspire the team.”
Coach Delaney said her team really reached its potential.
"This team has impressed me this year with their improvements and learning new skills. Every meet we have improved our scores,” she said.
"Mary has learned to do a three-quarter wolf jump and a three-quarter split jump on beam. Molly has accomplished a tsuk in pike position. Hannah B. (Burck) has mastered her squat on, a full twisting dismount on bars, and a mill circle. Hannah Tyler has perfected her routines and kept improving her scores at each meet. On beam, Addy has managed to stick her back spring multiple times as well as learning new skills on every event.
"The girls amaze me with their desire to set goals and improve not only at every meet, but also at every practice,” said Coach Delaney.
Posted on Thu, February 23, 2017
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