Cranston West senior Brooke Anderson put on a show at the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Gymnastics State Championships last weekend, leaving Rhode Island College with the All-Around …
Cranston West senior Brooke Anderson put on a show at the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Gymnastics State Championships last weekend, leaving Rhode Island College with the All-Around title.
Anderson did not compete at states last season and took seventh when she was a freshman. She returned to the big dance last weekend and would take first in the bars with a score of 9.55. She later took second in the vault (9.6), fifth on the floor (9.15), and fifth on the beam (9.075). She won the all-around with a score of 37.375.
“The night before, I was a nervous wreck. I was so nervous that I could barely sleep. Going into it though, I knew that I had to be confident, I had to be ready to go. I’m a very analytical person, I like to study people and I was looking up the scores of the other people, trying to see what I would have to do to win. I knew I had a shot to win so I just did what I knew how to do and performed how I knew to perform,” said Anderson.
Anderson was unsure of how things would go on bars considering she has struggled in the event in the past. However, you would never guess it based on her performance at states.
“Bars have always been a difficult event for me. I knew that if I got a good score, then I’d have a good chance to win (the all-around). I was shaking, stressed out, but everything went smooth and I was overjoyed when I landed it. I was so excited when I saw the score that I hugged my coach and everyone there was screaming,” said Anderson.
Anderson is undecided if she will attend the New England Championships, but if she does compete, she is looking forward to wrapping her senior year up while having fun.
“It’s just amazing. I really wanted to finish off with a reward, an accomplishment. It was really nice for me (to win at states). I’m just going to go (to (New Englands) and have fun. It’s my last meet in high school, so I really just care about the experience,” said Anderson.
For her big day at states, Anderson is also the Herald’s Athlete of the Week.
Pilgrim’s Riley Bromage took fifth in the all-around, while teammate Kaleigh Catucci took sixth in the vault, followed by Katie Ignagni in 10th.
Bromage took 10th in the bars and second in the floor. Ignagni finished 10th in the floor event as well for Pilgrim.
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