For the second straight year, Hayfield sophomore Molly Overstreet delivered a dominant performance to claim a title at the Virginia state championships.
This time, she tied a state record in the process.
One year after winning a share of the vault title as a freshman, Overstreet took first in the uneven bars at Saturday’s Virginia 6A/5A individual state championships at Salem High with a score of 9.925, tying the state mark set by Maria Hayden of Herndon in 2010.
“My blind change was what the judges noticed,” Overstreet said about her high bar maneuver in a phone interview. “I think only two other people did one the whole meet and that helped to put me ahead.”
Propelled by a strong performance on the balance beam, Westfield senior Katie Freix placed third in the all-around.
Freix, who won the Conference 5 all-around title and took first on the beam at Tuesday’s 6A North region meet , placed third on the beam with a 9.675, and avoided any falls.
“I was most nervous about beam because it’s the easiest event to fall on,” Friex said. “I’m also really excited about today because it was the first meet where I didn’t fall in any event.”
Great Bridge’s Courtney Adams won the individual all-around title with a score of 38.950.
Kristen Valasek of Patrick Henry took second (38.125) and there was a tie for fourth with Marshall’s Morgan Stahl and Great Bridge’s Ashley Lee (37.800).
Stahl added an extra move to the second tumbling pass on her floor exercise, and her execution helped her achieve a 9.650 — good for second in the event.
“I used the same routine as I did all season, but I’ve always wanted to add a back layout full twist,” Stahl said. “I just had to improve my endurance to do it, so Coach and I decided that it would be worth it today to stand out over everyone else.”
Stahl also scored a personal best on the uneven bars with a 9.500, but lamented the deductions brought on by a slip up on her vault.
Adams took first on the beam (9.800) and was followed by Fairfax’s Rachel Barborek (9.725). Freedom-Woodbridge's Ali Gibbs (9.625) took fourth and Stahl and McLean’s Natalie Thomas tied for fifth with 9.600.
Barborek, a junior, participated in her second state meet this weekend after competing in the Fairfax swim relay preliminary in Richmond Friday night.
After a tough start on Saturday, she finished strong on bars and beam with personal bests — a second-place 9.725 on beam and a tie with Adams for third place on bars with a 9.825.
Stuart’s Eleanor Freed won the vault with a 9.900.