Bethany Smith showcases one of her leaps that she performed at the recent State meet in Portage, Ind. Smith took first place on the floor exercise.
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Bethany Smith showcases one of her leaps that she performed at the recent State meet in Portage, Ind. Smith took first place on the floor exercise. Jenn Goad/KOKOMO HERALD

Twelve year old Bethany Smith hasn’t been competing in gymnastics long, but in her short career, her attention to detail and drive to do well earned her a State title on the floor exercise at the State meet in Portage, Ind. 

In the Level 3 competition, the gymnasts perform compulsory routines, which means all of the athletes execute the same skills and moves for the judges. On the floor, her score placed her above her peers to bring home gold.

“She’s been competing for two years. She’s definitely a perfectionist and she’s a hard worker so she’s really fun to work with. She definitely goes above and beyond,” said Kokomotion Team Coach Chelsea Lea. “She did Level 2 last year and did really well last year, too. She hasn’t been in gymnastics that long. We put her right up (to compete).”

Lea said that the beginning of the routine is tricky, but Smith was able to do it well at the meet. She also said that Smith has nice leaps and is very flexible, which is an asset at her level. 

For Bethany, she said her favorite event is the beam, but for the floor routine at State, she gave her best and squeezed everything she had to land her skills.

When asked what her favorite part of the routine was, she replied the round-off back handspring. And the toughest part of her routine?
“The round-off back handspring,” she said.

“It makes us proud for us to see them put their hard work into a meet. Sometimes they practice hard and could have a bad meet, but it’s nice to see them have a good meet and come out with medals,” Lea said.