Bethesda-Chevy Chase gymnastics coach Dana Creager's T-shirt said it all: "It only looks easy because we're that good."
In a season in which B-CC twice broke the Montgomery County team scoring record, the Barons indeed made it look easy last night in Severna Park, winning their first Maryland state title in the program's four-year history. B-CC, looking especially impressive in its best event, floor exercise, tallied a four-event total of 141.80 points (top four scores counting) to best second-place Walter Johnson by a sizeable 5.67 points. Anne Arundel County champion Broadneck finished third (125.3), followed by Arundel (122.05).
Last season, B-CC was second at states to Springbrook. But the Blue Devils graduated three key seniors, and this spring it was B-CC with the depth critical to capturing the team trophy.
"We definitely had some girls that didn't have their best meet," Creager said. "But we have the depth to carry us through. It was helpful because when we had those falls on beam, I still had four [high] scores to count."
Sophomore Shana Karp led B-CC with a third-place finish in the all-around (36.125), finishing behind Springbrook senior Decelia Willacy and junior Erin Ostrove, who finished 1-2 for the second straight year.
All-Met Willacy won her third straight all-around title with a four-event score of 37.45, dazzling the crowd with moves that have made her a national-caliber Level 10 gymnast. Ostrove, the only gymnast at the meet to score over 9.0 on every event, took second with 37.025.
"It's nice to win all three years," said Willacy, who was a bit late for warmups because of an Advanced Placement test she was taking at school. "It's, like, I'm finally done and I ended on a good note."
"I'm pretty much speechless," added Ostrove, who won the vault with a handspring, full twist worth 9.1, "It's amazing that we did it two years in a row."
Willacy won the balance beam and floor exercise titles, scoring 9.7 (highest routine of the meet) and 9.5, respectively. On beam, she executed a back-handspring, back layout and stuck a round-off, double-full twist dismount.
Willacy and Walter Johnson junior Britney Tsui shared the uneven bars title (9.4).