Lady Trojans vault past New Canaan and Westhill
Updated 2:13 am, Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Not having senior Mary Corcoran in the lineup lowered the Weston gymnastics team's score but didn't affect the end result.
Earlier this year, Weston scored a millennium-high 118.3 with Corcoran being the top all-around performer, but it didn't have Corcoran Thursday because she was out of town. Nevertheless, the Lady Trojans scored 103.9 points at home in victories over Westhill (77.4) and New Canaan (60.5).
Without Corcoran in the lineup, Weston should expect a dropoff.
"[Senior captain] Alexis [Gandal] wasn't feeling well, and it was our first week back after the break," Lady Trojans coach Megan Cebulski said. "It was a rebuilding meet and we had to put it together. The girls always work hard regardless of who we face, but we have to take note on what we have to focus on."
Going into the meet, Weston only had two days of practice after having time off because of the holiday break. This gave the Lady Trojans limited time to work on new skills, which they tried to use at the meet.
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"When we try new skills, there's always going to be a learning curve," Cebulski said. "They always give me their best and I can't ask for more and will be happy with them no matter what. You are always going to have these type of meets, and this was a good time to have it, because they were two teams we were able to beat."
Weston scored a 28.9 on vault, a 27.9 on floor exercise, a 27 on the balance beam and a 20.1 on the uneven bars. With Gandal being sick and Corcoran out of town, sophomore Keturah Sarno was the team's only all-around performer and scored a 26.75. Sarno did especially well on vault (7.2) and floor (7.15) and showed improvement from last year on beam (6.8) and bars (6.2).
"I felt very confident this meet, and it was a good one for me," Sarno said. "It was hard without Mary, but we pulled through."
Sophomore Natalie Hassett also had a standout meet while competing on everything but vault. Hassett doesn't perform on vault because she had surgery on her left foot in sixth grade, which makes it hard for her to run, which is an important element for vault.
In two of the three events Hassett did compete on, she was tops for the Lady Trojans by showing poise and grace on floor (7.45) and by making her connections on bars (7.3). She did well on beam (6.7) but was beaten out on it by Sarno and senior captain Maddie Ratte (7.0).
"I think I was a lot more confident than last year and improved on bars," Hassett said. "We have more confidence than we did last year and have more confidence in each other."
Weston showed improvement by scoring 106.35 points Saturday at the Pomperaug Invitational. Gandal had an all-around score 27.65, including an 8.0 on vault. Ratte (8.15), Sarno (7.8) and Redcay (7.1) also did better on vault than they did two days earlier. Hassett made progress on floor (7.8) and bars (7.4).
"I owe the improvements to the addition of new skills on beam and our focus on the areas where we received deductions on floor at the home meet," Cebulski said.
The Lady Trojans hopes to do well tomorrow when it hosts Newtown and Oxford.
"I can't wait to have Mary back," Hassett said.