Just over an hour from the site of her future college plans, Amanda Scheuerman ended her career at Old Bridge High School on a winning note.
Going to Temple University, the senior gymnast smashed Karina Munoz of Eastern Brunswick’s gold medal monoplie at the NJSIAA individual championships on Saturday at the Brick Memorial.
Scheuerman’s score of 9.575 on beam was enough to propel her to the only title not won by Munoz, beating Freehold Township junior Emily Rogers (9.55) to secure the victory. Central Regional’s Gianna Mastellone (9.475) completed the podium in third.
Fittingly, Scheuerman crowned her victory by winning the event she describes as the most expensive. It comes just 11 days after she signed a national letter of intent with the owl program.
“It’s amazing because all those years of hard work I put in the gym paid off, especially on my favorite event, which is the beam. It’s so cool, ”Scheuerman said. “” The handspring layout really worked for me today, the handspring layout and the exit. Obviously the bag tugs and front pull-ups were fun.
Scheuerman’s total of 38.125 was good for second best, behind just 38.225 for Munoz. Edison’s Haley Zampella was third at 37.85.
Scheuerman’s time with the “Flippin ‘Knights” ends with top spots in six beam events this season and eight all-around triumphs. She praised her coaches for improving her results in the floor routines as she landed nine podiums in that event, including a third place on Saturday behind Munoz and Kylie Sitty of St. John Vianney.
“During those four years at Old Bridge, I improved as a general gymnast. Individually, the thing I improved the most on throughout high school was the floor, ”she said. “Over the summer I want to improve on bars.”
“I’ve learned in those four years that gymnastics is meant to be fun,” she continued. “As a gymnast we put so much pressure on ourselves to try to be the best and perfect everything and criticize every little thing. I have learned that over time, being a gymnast is fun. If you are not having fun, now is not a good time to play this sport. If you put more pressure on yourself, the worse you are going to do.
It’s safe to say that Scheuerman had fun on Saturday, where she was particularly proud of the “double back” in her floor routine.
Scheuerman believes she is leaving the Knights program not only “accomplished and proud of herself,” but in good hands to move forward. Old Bridge coaches Michael Canzano and Kathleen Corsentino were left almost speechless by her performance, but came together enough to warn the gymnastics world that Saturday’s events were just the start of something bigger .
“Amanda entered freshman year as a versatile star. She had skills from the start … over the four years she matured, became a leader, a captain, a great teammate, ”Canzano recalls. “She’s so balanced on all of these events, but really stood out on balance beam… she really made an impact. All the coaches here know who she is. The judges know who she is. They want her for the national team. But it depends on her.
“It’s great to watch… she’s a great kid. She had a big impact on sport. She is a model for any young girl who wants to become a gymnast.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags
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