Laurel High School sophomore Patty Kieckhefer won the uneven bars in the 15-and-older division and placed second in the all-around competition to lead the MGs to the Maryland State Class I women's gymnastics championship today at Old Mill High School.
Michelle Sessions of the Docksiders, who placed second in the two-day meet, was the all-around 15-and-up winner.
Trailing teammate Betsy Erickson after Saturday's compulsories, Sessions won the floor exercise with a combined score of 19.05 after getting a 9.6 on her optional routine. She also won the balance beam with a combined scored of 18.2, including a 9.1 on her optional routine.
Erickson finished third in the all-around competition.
The Royal Ts, led by 9-11 all-around champion Renee Lyst and defending 15-and-up champion Racine Smith's fifth-place finish, came in third.
Kieckhefer, 15, who missed qualifying for elite level competiton by four-tenths of a point last fall, will skip the regional meet April 16-17 to practice for the next elite qualifying meet.
"It takes a 72 to qualify for elite zone, and that's tough," said MG Coach Andy Thorpe.
"You've got to average 9 through eight events--world compulsories and optionals. We think Patty should do it."
Thirty-nine gymnasts, including three in the 9-11 age group and 18 in the 12-14 category, scored the 67.2 minimum necessary to qualify for regionals. The standards for the elite zone, however, are much more rigid.
Some gymnasts, like Sessions, prefer not to try out