By NICHOLAS J.E. MURRAY | The Tampa Tribune
Published: April 07, 2010

Last year, the LaFleur’s Tampa Level 10 gymnasts thought they had a chance at ending Orlando Metro’s seemingly permanent hold on the state gymnastics team title.

Turns out they were off by a year.

Led by standout performances by all-around champion Sarah Zoldos and teammates Alexandra Witt and Catherine Hires, LaFleur’s Tampa earned the title by 0.050 points, finishing with a total of 113.975.

“It feels great,” Hires said. “Metro’s won it for the last 10 years in a row, so to finally beat them was great, get over that hump was awesome.”

Zoldos held off Witt by 0.075 for the all-around title, with the pair the only two of 66 competitors to score in the 38-point range. The key to Zoldos’ victory was her performance in the beam. Normally her weakest event, Zoldos scored a 9.325.

“It was a big thing,” Zoldos said. “I stayed on, which is a big accomplishment for me.” Added to an outstanding 9.800 in the vault, a 9.550 in the parallel bars and 9.400 in the floor and Zoldos became the second member of the team to win the all-around title, joining Hires, who won two years ago.

Witt was a model of consistency in her four routines, scoring a 9.650 in the vault, 9.575 in the bars, 9.300 in the beam and 9.475 in the floor, which proved crucial in lifting the team to victory. “It was just so close,” Hires said. “We won by a toe point. If someone had flexed their foot or bent their leg, it’s not even like a step, which would have been a tenth (off), we won by half of that. To see how close we were […]