UPDATE: Park gymnastics: Tulloch, Schank nab all-state honorsPark’s Kasondra Tulloch, Rachel Deephouse and Sarah Schank Tulloch turned in impressive performances in each of their events at the individual state gymnastics meet on Saturday. However, they were upstaged by an even more extraordinary showing.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, South Washington County Bulletin
Park’s Kasondra Tulloch, Rachel Deephouse and Sarah Schank Tulloch turned in impressive performances in each of their events at the individual state gymnastics meet on Saturday. However, they were upstaged by an even more extraordinary showing.
Northfield sophomore Bailey DuPay took first place in two events and second in two others while winning the all-around with an impressive 38.8625 leaving little room for anyone else on the top of the podium.
“When you get to this level and have to compete back-to-back nights at such a high level, it’s so tough,” Park head coach Mark Sikich said. “The level of gymnastics has gone up and up and any little slip can cost you. What the kids are doing and the skills their throwing are just amazing.”
For Park, Tulloch and Schank each turned in all-state performances. With top-six finishes garnering all-state honors, Tulloch’s top finish was in the vault, where she earned third with a 9.6625. Tulloch, who was competing in her third-straight state meet, also placed fifth in the all-around with a score of 37.7125 and was 10th on the floor with a 9.475.
“I think Kasondra, tonight, was hoping to do a little better,” Sikich said. “But she fought like hell and did just a wonderful job. There were outstanding performances everywhere. I’m very, very proud of our kids and all their accomplishments.”
Tulloch said she was “more excited than nervous” at her final state meet.
“I could’ve done better I think, but I still made it here and it was fun,” she said.
Schank, who was taking part in her second state meet, earned all-state on the beam with a 9.45. She also nabbed 12th in the all-around with a career-best 37.050.
“What Sarah Schank did — on beam, the hardest event — was just amazing,” Sikich said. “Now she’s going to be immortalized on the Wall of Fame at Park High School along with Kasondra and Rachel.”
Sarah Schank said she thought she did a good job at state and was happy about the personal-best all-around score.
“I just wanted to do my best,” she said. “I felt more confident this year. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m going to just keep trying to do my best.”
Deephouse, who was also competing in her third state meet, finished seventh in the floor exercise with a 9.5125 and was 23rd in the vault with a 9.3375. She said she was overwhelmed with emotion during the vault and was crying during her second vault attempt.
“These past three years have been unbelievable,” Deephouse said. “I’m just so proud of this team.”