Gymnastics: Robinette ties Bluegolds’ record at nationals
Former East Ridge High School great and current University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sophomore Leah Robinette made a mark at the 2014 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship at Ithaca College (N.Y.).
Robinette, a 2012 state champion in the vault her senior year at East Ridge, earned a trip to the second day of the two-day National Championship, after tying for 12th place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.625. The score was a career best and tied the Blugolds’ school record.
By finishing in the top 14 on the bars Robinette qualified for day two, but struggled in the finals. Robinette finished in 14th place with a score of 8.725.
This year was the first time Robinette competed at nationals.
In November of 2012, to fix a horizontal stress fracture in her leg, Robinette had a permanent titanium rod put in from her knee to her ankle.
Robinette, who was the first gymnast to win a state title from East Ridge, likely had the injury during her senior year of high school when she won her state title.
Robinette took third place on the uneven bars at the WIAC Championship/NCGA Regional to earn a trip to nationals.
At East Ridge, Robinette was a three-time letterwinner in gymnastics and two-time letterwinner in track. In addition to her state title, she was All-State in gymnastics three times, was a gymnastics team captain, Team MVP, three-time All-Conference winner and three-time individual section champion. In all, she was a five-time qualifier for the state gymnastics meet, finishing fourth place at the state meet in vault (2010, 2011), fourth place in the state on the bars (2011, 2012), and fourth place in the all-around (2012). In track and field, she was named All-Conference and pole vault team MVP.