In its first regional championship meet as a Virginia High School League AAA team, Freedom-South Riding rode a first-place all-around performance from sophomore Arianna Robinson to victory Saturday in the Northwest Region gymnastics championships at Stafford.
Robinson, who joined the Eagles this season after competing solely for her club team as a freshman, placed fourth or better in all four events and earned the top spot on the vault and the uneven bars. She finished fourth on the floor exercise and second on the balance beam despite a fall during her routine.
“It felt about the same as any other competition, because I’ve competed so often that I know what to expect of myself,” Robinson said. “It feels really good, because this is my first year of doing high school gymnastics.”
First-year Freedom-South Riding Coach Laura Wrighte, who lobbied Robinson to get her to join the team, said she was impressed — but not surprised — with Robinson’s all-around total of 38.175. Wrighte noted how consistently Robinson has performed all season.