There are a lot of unknowns in the Ochsner/LHSAA gymnastics matchup, Baton Rouge High coach Kristen Estorge said. One thing that is no longer in doubt is the total number of competitors — over 200 girls and 35 boys.
“We had a few scratches and a few late entries,” Estorge said. “We have 204 girls entered and at least 198 or 199 will probably be competing. If those numbers hold up, I’m pretty sure it will make this the biggest LHSAA meet ever.
“It’s great to have these numbers. I also expect outstanding competition.
The two-day meet begins at 2 p.m. Friday at BRHS with men’s competition in all divisions. Girls’ competition begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday with two Tier 3 spins.
Level 4 competition begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by Level 8 at 4:15 p.m.
Because there are several newcomers competing in Level 10 boys and Level 8 girls, Estorge said there could be some surprises. Baton Rouge High won the men’s title last year and St. Joseph’s Academy is the defending girls’ champion.
There will be a new male all-around champion. Last year’s finalist, Albert Berggren of Hahnville, returns. But the Tier 10 field includes a number of LHSAA first-team competitors, including junior Walker High Cody Midboe.
St. Joseph’s is aiming for a third straight LHSAA girls title. Ava Riche of the Redstickers is a two-time Level 8 All-around champion. With over 40 Level 8 entrants, including some first-time competitors, the competition will be different than a year ago. Kamryn Johnson of BRHS is among the Tier 8 newcomers to watch.