If Colin Skinner felt any pressure on his way to winning the Division I all-around championship at the boys state gymnastics meet, he certainly didn’t show it.
The St. Paul’s senior took first place in five of the six events to record a top score of 76.00, far ahead of Chandler Mixon of Highland Baptist (69.40) and Glenn Landry of Chalmette (67.60) in the competition at Baton Rouge High on Friday.
Skinner was following in the footsteps of his brother, Brennan, who was the 2014 Division I all-around winner.
“I know all the guys here, so it’s really not about winning or losing. It’s just a fun event,” Skinner said. “It’s a really good way to end my senior year.”
Skinner, who will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy where he plans to try out for the gymnastics team, had his highest mark, 14.00, in the floor exercise and his lowest, 11.90, in the vault (11.80). Mixon won the pommel horse with a 13.00 score.
The other news of the meet was that Baton Rouge High used its depth to win the team title with a score of 318.30, and that Caddo Magnet of Shreveport dominated the Division II, Level 5 compulsory events.
The Bulldogs tallied 129.3 points in Division I for a total of 318.3 overall. All of Caddo’s 189 points came from their Division II performers, while the other eight teams scored their points in Division I.
Caddo’s Eddie Williams was the Division II overall winner with 63.60 points as the Mustangs swept seven of the top ten places in the Level 5 compulsory events. It was the second overall championship in a row in Division II for Williams.
“My best events were the rings and the parallel bars,” he said. “Next year I plan to come back and win Level 10.”
Williams hit 11.70 on the rings and also won the floor exercise, horizontal bar and parallel bars.
His teammates, Armonte Turner (pommel horse) and Chris Davis (vault), were the other event winners in the division.
Top Baton Rouge area finishers in Division I were Dawson Fontenot of Live Oak (fifth), Brandon Nguyen (sixrh) and Miguel Albarado (eighth) of Baton Rouge High, and Brian East of Walker (ninth).
Top 10-area finishers in Division II, all from Baton Rouge High, were Daniel Donze (fourth), Robert Niwa (sixth) and Joey Bourgeois (seventh).
“We didn’t win any battles, but we won the war,” BRHS coach Kevin Nee said. “I anticipated getting beat pretty bad in the compulsories (Division II), which happened, but our saving grace was our optional team (sophomores Nguyen and Albarado) and we got the trophy.”
Girls take over the gym on Saturday to compete for state honors.
Division III girls (60 entries) compete at 9:40 a.m., followed by Division II (41 entries) at 12:30 and Division I (32 entries) at 2:25.