Canes’ Sydney Barrett state champ
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Apr 28, 2013 | 1745 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Freshman Sydney Barrett became the first gymnast from Cartersville High School since 2007 to win a state title when she scored a 9.35 on the balance beam.

“She [Sydney] had only once chance to nail it just right, and she did it,” said Lauren Ragseller, the Canes’ gymnastics coach. “I truly believe she was very surprised by what she had just accomplished, and by the scores that the [four] judges awarded her.”

The 5-foot-1 gymnast who trains with the Cartersville Twisters, along with her teammates, was all smiles when she climbed to the top of the podium to receive her state medal.

The last two Lady Canes to win a state title in gymnastics were Melanie Root and Anna Podgornaya. Root and Podgornaya were state champs on the uneven bars.

Barrett and Alecia Price were the only two Lady Canes who qualified for this year’s state gymnastic championships held Friday at Westminster.

Barrett qualified to compete in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise events. Price qualified only for the vault for which she scored an 8.95.

Both gymnasts represented Cartersville at state thanks to a special Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ruling. The ruling allows gymnasts whose teams did not finish in top six at qualifying but individually who finished in the top 12 to compete at state.

Cartersville finished seventh out of 38 teams with 104.4 points at qualifying that was held last weekend at The Lovett School.

“Every girl did their best at qualifying,” Raessler said. “It’s our best showing in a very long time.”

Along with Barrett and Price, other members of the Lady Canes’ gymnastics team were Ann Thacker, Victoria Hickom, Maddie Cravey, Emma Hartley and Gretchen Brown.

Lambert. based in Forsyth County, won the state gymnastics championship by edging out two-time defending champ Tift County, 109.575-108.9.

Rounding out the top six were Carrollton, 107.4; Buford, 106.725; Newnan, 106.025; and Lassiter, 102.024.