This year’s sectional competition was held at Columbus East with fourteen high schools competing for top honors. The teams competing were Columbus East, Columbus North, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brebeuf Jesuit, Decatur Central, Edgewood, Franklin Central, Indianapolis Lutheran, Indianapolis Scecina, Martinsville, Owen Valley, Roncalli, and Seymour.
The top three teams overall and top six individuals in each event qualified for the March 1 Columbus East Regional. Also, any gymnast matching or beating the sixth-place score from last year’s state finals on an event advanced.
Junior Riley Lesh started out slow on bars, but came back with a beautiful beam routine to match her high score of the season with a 7.7. Her floor routine was a full point higher than her previous highest score of the season with an 8.325. Her vault continued to impress the judges with an 8.6, just missing out on the regional cutoff of 8.9.
Columbus North took the overall team win, with Columbus North freshman Emily Moore sweeping the competition with the win on every event.