University gymnastics coach Stacey Heaton wasn’t surprised Tara Hulbert won the all-around at the District 8 meet last weekend.
She wouldn’t have been surprised if Hulbert was third and Kalie Cossette or Coleen Pierce had been first.
“I know it can be any of those three,” she said.
And, with Lindsey Brandle joining them in the all-around for Saturday afternoon’s regional at U-Hi, Heaton added, “I told them at the end of regional I don’t care who is all-around as long as they’re first, second, third and fourth.”
Last weekend was Hulbert’s turn to be all-around.
“I had a positive attitude going in to hit everything and I hit everything pretty much,” the junior said. “This year is so cool how we’re placing. No one is dominating.”
Hulbert scored 35.5 points, her second-best score of the season, after scoring a 9.5 on the bars, her speciality.
Hulbert started on a club team but she has enjoyed the switch to school.
“It’s a way different pressure,” she said. “In club, you’re pretty much in it for yourself. Here, I feel more pressure for the team. … I worked out for the club all summer. I thought I might try both … but I decided I didn’t want to be that serious.”
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