Beth (Fitchie) Barnes
Larkin High School Class of 1999
Beth graduated from Larkin High in 1999 where she competed in varsity gymnastics for four years. During that time, Beth individually and/or part of an event team broke 17 school records. Out of 261 events entered in her career, she finished in the top three 158 times (61%), of which 78 were first places. Beth was All-Conference three times and qualified for state competition all four years. Injury prevented her from competing at state as a freshman, but as a sophomore Beth tied for 9th in floor exercise; as a junior, she finished 2nd in balance beam, 3rd in floor exercise, and 5th in All-Around; as a senior, she qualified in four events, finishing in 4th (tied) in the balance beam. School records that Fitchie set at Larkin were for the uneven bars, balance beam, all-around, and floor exercise (tie). School records set as part of an event team included vaulting, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and team score. Beth was named Female Athlete of the Year at Larkin in 1999. She was also nominated as a member of the National High School Prep All-American Team. Upon graduating, she was selected by Larkin to receive an Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation Scholarship.