Records fall for repeat gymnastics champion

Waiting for her last event of the day, West Hills High sophomore Tessa Anderson had no idea what was about to happen.

The beam is her best event, the perfect way to end the San Diego Section gymnastics championships.

And it was nearly perfect.

Anderson set a section record, scoring a 9.925 to wrap up the optional all-around title for the second consecutive year.

Her 38.850, besides also being a section record, easily outdistanced the field. Kiara Wagner of La Costa Canyon was next (36.625) with Poway’s Taylor Mumby third (35.175).

“I just talked myself through the beam,” said Anderson, who claims a growth spurt since last season has her at 4-feet-9. “I thought it was a good routine, but the score kind of surprised me.”

The old beam record was a 9.8 by Mt. Carmel’s Carter Clatterbuck in 2016 and Anderson this year.

For the first time in section history, co-champions were crowned as West Hills, last year’s team champion, and host La Costa Canyon each had 216 points. Mt. Carmel was third (210.125).

By sharing the team title, West Hills not only captured back-to-back championships but has now won three titles in the last four years. The only team to win in that span was La Costa Canyon in 2015, giving the Mavericks two titles in the last three seasons.

“We had some rough moments, but I think we got it done,” West Hills coach Liz Ladley said. “We only lose two gymnasts next year, so hopefully we can maintain it another year.”

Anderson also set a section record in the first event of the finals with a 9.8 in floor exercise, eclipsing her own 9.75 this year.

“That was kind of a nice way to start the day off,” said Anderson, who said she would compete next year in search of a three-peat. “I got out all my pent-up energy.”

Anderson won every event, taking vault with a 9.475 and bars with a 9.650.

“I was still excited from floor when I did vault,” Anderson said. “I…

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