The Noblesville Lady Millers gymnastics team placed fourth with a score of 89.615 in the Western Invitational Saturday.

Northwestern won the competition with a final team score of 103.175. 

“We have had a very difficult week, as our team has been plagued with injuries, which took out some of our top gymnasts,” said Noblesville head coach Jody Ramey in an email. “We have had to come together to pull some of the (junior varsity) gymnasts to fill these spots … I was very proud of the girls and their performance.” 

In addition to injured seniors Remy Kirk and Zoe Hartman, the Millers were also without sophomore Olivia Mangin, who was away from the team due to a schedule conflict.

Freshman Makayla Kauzlick led the way for Noblesville on bars, winning the competition with a score of 8.95 

“I am very proud of Makayla, as she is struggling with a current ankle injury she was only able to compete 2 out of the 4 events that she usually competes in,” Ramey said. “She did a great job and had an excellent bar routine.” 

On vault, junior Devyn Palmer had an awesome vault with a score of 8.45, and sophomore Kayleigh Sahr finished with a 7.75 in her first time competing in the event. Sophomore Ella Deno was the other gymnasts that helped make up Noblesville’s team score on vault with a 7.2. 

Kauzlick also finished her day with a team-high score of 7.8 in the beam competition. “Because of Makayla's ankle injury, we had to soften her routine so she could still compete,” Ramey said. “Unfortunately, that means we had to take out some of her difficulty that is why there is a drop in her beam score.” Palmer followed close behind Kauzlick with a beam score of 7.6. 

On floor, Palmer scored a team-high 7.815. Junior Olivia Francis also competed in the event, her first of the season as she comes off of a shoulder injury. And in the All-around, Palmer had a score of 31.315. She was Noblesville’s only gymnast who competed in the event. 

“Over all, I was very proud and please of all our competitors today, as we had the challenge of replacing our injured gymnasts,” Ramey said. “Hopefully, we heal quickly so we can get our team back.”

Despite the injuries, Noblesville has started the season with a record of 7-5.