Dunwoody wins first gymnastics title since 2011

Dunwoody High School’s Lady Wildcats gymnastic team won its first DeKalb County Girls Gymnastics Championship since 2011 on March 25 at Dunwoody High School.

A 1.575-point margin separated the Dunwoody Lady Wildcats (98.350) and Druid Hills Lady Red Devils (96.775) on the way to the Lady Wildcats’ win.

Two-time defending champion Chamblee finished third (91.500), followed by Lakeside (90.375) and Stephenson (84.575) to round out the top five finishers. Dunwoody jumped from a third-place finish in 2022 to first in 2023 for the school’s eighth title. Druid Hills finished second for the third time in the past four championships.

Dunwoody was led by Tabitha Johnson. Johnson finished third (33.050) in the all-around rankings, while Dunwoody’s Clara Biggs finished fifth (31.750) all-around. Biggs won the uneven parallel bars gold medal with a score of 8.400, just .050 ahead of all-around champion Nyla Loyd (8.350) of Stephenson.

Johnson added a silver in the floor exercise (9.00) and a bronze in the vault (8.700). Evie Leish won silver in the balance beam (8.350) to add to the Lady Wildcats’ total.

Druid Hills was led by Esther Bryant who collected a silver in the vault (8.800) and tied for silver in the uneven parallel bars (8.350). She also brought home a bronze in the floor exercise (8.750) and picked up the silver in the all-around rankings (33.750).

Chamblee’s finish was led by a sixth-place all-around finisher Lillian Zaidel (31.550). Rachel McGuiness won bronze in the balance beam (8.300) for Chamblee and finished fourth place in the vault (8.650).

Lakeside used a pair of sixth place finishes by Diane Willis in the vault (8.400) and the floor exercise (8.275) to get to fourth in the team standings.

Loyd’s gold in the all-around included wins in the vault (9.000), balance beam (8.700), and floor exercise (9.425). The wins keyed Stephenson’s fifth place finish. Loyd was second in the uneven parallel bars and finished 1.725 points ahead of Bryant.


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