Senior Maya Lim ended her Oak Park and River Forest High School girls gymnastics career Feb. 6 with a new, upgraded routine on floor exercise.
For the first time, Lim used a double-full twist to complete her first tumbling pass at the IHSA Lake Park Sectional and ended with a 1.5 twist, her former first tumbling pass finish.
Lim landed both for a team-best 8.8 that tied for 14th place.
“I feel like I did my best,” Lim said. “Since it was the end of the season, I just wanted to show it off. I knew I could do it, but I just needed to show it. I’m happy with the end result. I’m happy to go out like that.”
The Huskies (133.475 points) ended their season finishing sixth in their fifth straight team trip to sectionals. There was no 2021 state series because of COVID restrictions.
All of the Huskies – Lim, fellow senior fourth-year varsity gymnast Caroline Raducha and juniors Jane Walker, Violet Ruff, Gabby Morales and Eleanor Wolski — earned individual sectional berths automatically with top-five regional finishes or advanced at-large.
Lim, who also was 18th in all-around (33.80), is a three-time individual sectional qualifier. Raducha also competed for the team at the 2020 sectional.
Other top scores at sectionals were Walker on uneven parallel bars (8.725, 15th) and balance beam (8.25, 17th) and Ruff on vault (9.0, tied for 20th).
OPRF entered the Feb. 2 Leyden Regional battling the host Eagles for the sixth and final team sectional berth. The Huskies’ second-place 134.875 beat Leyden by 0.55 points.
OPRF achieved its second highest score this season by .05 after its 134.15 at the West Suburban Conference Silver Meet on Jan. 28.
Lim and Walker tied for fourth in all-around (34.275).
Lim (8.45) and Walker (8.375) were fourth and fifth on beam, Walker was fourth on uneven bars (8.575) and Lim tied for fourth on vault (9.0).
Advancing at-large were Ruff (33.00) in all-around, Lim (8.625) and Walker (8.525) on floor, Ruff (8.85), Walker and Raducha (8.80 each) and Morales (8.675) on vault, Lim (8.2), Ruff (8.15) and Wolski (8.1) on uneven bars and Ruff (8.325) and Raducha (8.2) on beam.