Michelle Shealy scored the first perfect “10″ of her life on Georgia’s biggest stage for high school gymnastics.
The junior from Providence Christian was the all-around champion at Friday’s state gymnastics meet, while also leading the Lilburn Class A school to the team championship.
The clincher for both state titles was Shealy’s perfect performance on the floor exercises, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd at Westminster Academy.
“Scoring a perfect 10 is something you always dream about least once in your gymnastics career, but you never know if it is going to happen,” Providence Christian coach Gwyn Puckett said.
When Shealy finished her floor routine, fans from all teams rose out of their seats, stomped their feet in the stands, and began chanting “10, 10, 10.” Shealy busted out in tears and ran to hug her teammates, who were also crying, as the judges agreed with the roaring crowd on the perfect score.
“I was very thankful for that 10,” Shealy said. “I was shocked. I knew it was a good score, but didn’t know it was that good until I heard the crowd reaction. I gave all my thanks to the Lord.”
Shealy’s all-around score of 39.2 was followed by Oconee’s Lindsey Cheek (38.8) and Sequoyah’s Bekah Bennetts (38.4). Providence Christian (109.2), fielding its first gymnastics team since 1999, edged out Class AAAAA powers Milton (108.6) and Walton (107.7) for the team state championship.