Sarah Lindenberg

Riverside-Brookfield High School senior Sarah Lindenberg has changed her balance beam routine this girls gymnastics season.

She’s already on her way toward perfecting it.

On Dec. 1, Lindenberg was rewarded with the first 9.0 of her four-year high school career in the Bulldogs’ 132.65 to 130.50 loss to Hinsdale South.

“It was one of the best routines I’ve ever done. I was like no matter what the score is, I’m proud of this beam routine,” Lindenberg said. “I wasn’t wobbly during my dance or anything. I felt super strong up there. I was so proud of that.” 

Lindenberg’s new routine is highlighted by a series of three connected skills as she moves from one end to the other. While scores often can be arbitrary, especially with just one judge, RBHS coach Karyn Domzalski said this was a great performance. 

“It was a hit, hit routine,” Domzalski said.

Lindenberg’s third-place 9.0 joined two 9s by sophomore Lia Christiansen, who won all-around (35.35), vault (9.45), beam (9.3) and floor (8.9).

Christiansen had the lone 9 for either team on Dec. 7, winning floor (9.1) in the Bulldogs’ 124.45 to 120.10 victory at Glenbard South in their Upstate Eight Conference dual opener.

Christiansen won all-around (34.65) and swept the other three events — vault (8.85), beam (8.65) and uneven bars (8.05). Claudia Grusecki tied for second on vault (7.95) and Annabel Krueger was third on beam (8.0), uneven bars (7.4) and all-around (31.15).

On Dec. 10, the Bulldogs (122.20) defeated host Homewood-Flossmoor (120.75) while losing to Neuqua/Waubonsie/Metea Valley co-op (128.05).

Christiansen won all-around (35.00), vault (9.2) and floor (9.3) and was second on beam (8.5) and uneven bars (8.0). Krueger was fifth on vault (7.15).