A historic week at Tewksbury: Ogden, the best in the league on bars | Sports

SALEM, NH — When asked about her performance that night, Tewksbury Memorial High School junior Amanda Ogden said, “I was really nervous because there are so many great gymnasts here. I went four for four on my events and I’m proud of how I did, I thought I did well. There are so many great gymnasts and people here.

She went four for four. Her routines in all four events led her to a third overall finish in the all-around competition at the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship Gymnastics meet held at A-2 Gymnastics.

She performed all four events, pushing her to become one of the top all-around performers in four consecutive league championship encounters. She was champion on vault in seventh grade, finishing fourth in the all-around. In eighth grade, she was sixth, and in first grade, she was third.

Last year there was no competition, and now this year she has caught another third.

It is believed that no other gymnast in the history of the program has finished in the top six of the all-around in four consecutive years. Samantha Beatrice finished sixth, sixth and seventh in three years.

Ogden’s accomplishment certainly does not go unnoticed.

“Amanda is exhausted. She has competed in many competitions with her club team and this is now her ninth competition in high school,” said head coach Jessica Wilkey. “These encounters are long, she is taking AP lessons at school and I am not making excuses for her, but she is mentally and physically exhausted. Last week she was at the top of this competition against North Andover and today she won all four events and we are very proud of what she has achieved.

For the second time in her career, Ogden was crowned individual champion, this time taking the bars with a score of 9.3.

“I was surprised that she took first on bars just because he was a nemesis to her,” Wilkey said. “You see on the scoresheet some of her scores and she’s had nines and other times she’s even been in the sevens. For her to be able to conquer that tonight with that much pressure on her, when her first event, she crushed him. She said to me, ‘I can’t believe I finished first’ and I said ‘you did it, it was amazing and your performance was just awesome’.

Ogden said she was a little surprised, but knew she had done much better in this event than in years past.

“I had my best score of my entire high school career on the bars, so I was really proud of myself for that,” she said. “I just had a nice clean routine. My descent could have been a bit better with my landing, but overall it was really clean.

Ogden finished the night finishing fifth on floor at 9.250, sixth on balance beam at 8.750 and tied for ninth on vault at 9.1, earning him the third-highest all-around score, but also pushed the team at its best ever. , third place.

“We thought we would finish in last place. Every year we finish in ninth place, so we were so surprised to find out that we finished third. It’s so exciting and we’re so proud of everyone,” she said.

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