Schorg sets state ablaze
LE MARS — Gymnastics has been a sport Brielle Schorg had wanted to try for a while. Now, after her first season of competing, she is an All-Around State Champion.
“It means a lot to me because I want to be a very good gymnast when I become older,” Schorg said. “If I can do this, I think I will be able to do good when I get older.”
Schorg, a fifth grader at Remsen St. Mary’s, competed as a member of The Turn Around - GK Blaze team at the Iowa Xcel State Championships held March 19-21.
Schorg said she enjoys watching Olympic gymnasts compete when she gets the opportunity and has aspirations of possibly competing at the college level one day as her own competitive career is just getting underway.
“I’ve been wanting to do this stuff since I was like three years old and I finally convinced my mom and dad to let me go to gymnastics,” Schorg said. “I started learning all the stuff that I needed to do.”
Her coaches say she’s been a quick learner.
“She’s a hard worker and she will do absolutely anything that you ask of her,” Coach Amanda Becker said. “You can give her a correction and she works hard to fix it.”
Schorg said she was nervous entering the state competition, but her routines went off without a hitch.
“I was very nervous, but excited, because I always have that feeling that I’m going to mess up or do bad, but at the end I do perfectly fine,” Schorg said.
Schorg finished with a 38.400 all-around score which is made up of the four disciplines, the vault, bars, beam and floor exercises. She finished atop her division in all four areas with a score of 9.775 on the beam, 9.650, a personal best, on the bars, and then a 9.500 on floor exercises, and 9.475 on vault.
Coach Whitney Zenk explained how judges score individuals in their routines.
“Each level, they have a set of skills that they need to do,” she said. “The judges look to make sure that they have those certain number of skills. Then they look for other little things like if they’re pointing their toes or bending their knees or legs.”
While she excelled at all of the disciplines, she said one stands out as her favorite.
“My favorite is floor because I can just show who I am and show my personality,” Schorg said.
Once she found out she was the all-around champion for her division, Schorg said she looked into the crowd for her mom as she said she supports her after every routine no matter the outcome.
“I was very excited,” Schorg said. “I always talk to my mom and she always just makes me feel better if I do good or bad. I looked back at my mom and I was happy. I’ve been really close to getting all first place in everything and then this is my last meet and state meet for Bronze and it was very cool that I could do that.”