Romero second in Nevada |

Romero second in Nevada

Losing the state all-around title by a quarter of a point might send some athletes into emotional despair.

Athletes could learn a lot listening and watching how South Shore gymnast Brooke Romero handles tense situations.

“I feel like I do have a chance to go back to nationals, but I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself,” said the 18-year-old who was runner-up to a Las Vegas gymnast at the state championships March 20-21 at Reed High in Sparks.

With her strong showing at state, which included second on the balance beam (9.125) and second on vault (8.75), the South Tahoe High senior advanced to the regional championships April 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Romero, a member of Silver State Gymnastics in Carson City, is just as calm when discussing her college plans. Although she has been accepted by admissions to attend USC and Loyola Marymount in Southern California, she remains uncommitted since neither has a gymnastics program.

Sacramento State, UC-Santa Barbara and UC-Davis covet Romero, but like a cool broker, the teen-ager is holding out for the best possible deal.

“I’m waiting to see which school offers the best financial situation,” Romero said.

The return of former teammate Erin Gardiner to Silver State has helped Romero with her training this year.

“It’s been nice to have someone at the same level again,” said Romero, who trained at level 9 last year by herself.

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