High school gymnastics: sophomore Cassie Wiersch hopes hard work pays off for her and Avon teammates

Paul Heyse
The Chronicle-Telegram

Cassie Wiersch always sets the bar high, striving for excellence. The Avon High sophomore reaped the benefit of her high-level commitment last year by qualifying to the Division I state meet in balance beam.

Wiersch finished 17th at state with a score of 9.05, just 0.10 from an all-state (top 10) berth, putting an emphatic finish to a fantastic freshman year.

Wiersch qualified to state by finishing ninth out of 17 qualifiers at the Mentor Division I district with a score of 9.235. She advanced to districts by finishing ninth of 12 district qualifiers with a career-best score of 9.35 at the Hudson Division I sectional for group B. She also qualified to districts with a seventh-place finish in all-around (35.825), 11th in vault (9.025) and 12th in the uneven parallel bars (8.8).

“It was super cool to be competing, you know, right along with some of the best teams here in Ohio,” Wiersch said. “A lot of my teammates came down to Columbus to support me, and it just made it extra.”

Wiersch wasn’t overwhelmed by the pressure of competing on the big stage at the state meet.

“There’s always a lot of nerves in any meet but I thought I handled it pretty well,” she said. “I was very excited. It didn’t feel like there was too much pressure. I made it and that was such a big deal to me. I had a lot of fun and didn’t have any falls. I just wanted to do my best routine there for the experience.”

Though it wasn’t her best score of the season, Wiersch stayed on the beam. Her goal is to remain at the top of her game, but she understands it can’t happen without upgrades on beam and her other three disciplines.

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