Owls senior makes most of final home meet


Seymour’s Alyssa Goen placed first in every event on senior night against visiting Bloomington North, as the Owls came away with a 104.625-94.35 victory Monday at Gymnastics Lane.

Goen, the lone senior on the team, was honored prior to the meet.

“I’ve worked with Alyssa since she was in elementary school,” said Owls coach Angie Mellencamp. “Watching her grow up has been great and a privilege. She is one of those kids where I can honestly say that it has been an honor to work with her. I look forward to finding out what she’s going to do in the future, because her future is going to be huge.

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“In the gym, she’s definitely a leader as far as skills and difficulty go — but she also cheers everyone on, teaches and coaches her teammates in and out of the gym. I love her to pieces and we will absolutely miss her.”

Goen scored 9.025 on the vault, 8.7 for the bars, 9.25 at the beam and 9.35 on the floor for an all-around score of 36.325.

Sophomore Kellsye Warner garnered second place all-around, as she finished with silver in each of the events.

“Kellsye started out the season with falls on floor and without the huge release on the bars she has now,” Mellencamp said. “She’s getting more consistent standing up her vaults and floor passes and catching the bar clean. She has really stepped up her game from the first meet to today.”

Owls freshman Avery DeHart tied with Warner for second on the beam with a score of 8.75.

Sophomore Jenna Thomas finished sixth all-around and freshman Brett Kleber was seventh on the vault (8.2) and fifth for the bars (7.25).

“After the last meet, we all came back to the gym and discussed how a lot of our deductions on our score sheets were from execution: clean landings, tight toes and knees. Our goal was to just clean up from last meet to this one.

“Avery has really stepped up, her beam and floor routine are coming together. Brett put a giant in her bar routine for the first time ever, and as a freshman that’s great. I can honestly say everyone has made improvements.”

Mellencamp said that her team is aiming to hit 106 in totals points moving forward.

Saturday, the Owls will compete with nine other teams at an invitational hosted by Bloomington South.

“It will be the start of training for sectionals and regionals,” Mellencamp said. “I’m glad we have this opportunity because with the (five) underclassmen on the team it will be the first time they have this experience (of a big meet), and it can be overwhelming.”

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