GREENWICH -- The goal in regular season gymnastic meets is not necessarily beating the opponent in front of you, but rather making personal and team improvements as the season winds toward the FCIAC and state competitions.
With that in mind, it was no surprise that both Staples and Greenwich left the gym Thursday evening pleased with the results, even though it was the Wreckers who came away with a 123.45-117.15 victory with Anna Violette leading the way.
Violette won the all-around with 33.1 points, just edging Greenwich's Kat McCaffrey, who finished with 32.95.
Staples coach Kelsey Martin thought her team performed well while missing freshman standout Kacey Hertan.
"Overall, we had a couple bobbles here and there, but we are short because we have one of our main girls out with the flu," Martin said. "They have been tired from midterms, but I think they did a very good job. But obviously, we need work on beam. We added more difficulty on beam tonight and they fell on difficulty, but once they get comfortable with that I think we will be a good team."
Along with the all-around, Violette took first in the vault (8.6) and the floor exercise (8.75).
For Greenwich, McCaffrey won the beam (8.5) and the bars (7.9), and was reminded that her dedication is paying off as she increases the difficulty of her routines.
"I was pleasantly surprised with the way I performed," McCaffrey said. "I was very happy with my beam performance. Hard work pays off. I think the team is improving a lot and I am definitely seeing differences in how we perform."
Greenwich coach Sue Knight thinks her team is right where they should be at this point in the season as the 117.15 was a team-high score.
"I am very happy," Knight said. "Kat had a wonderful meet. A lot of girls did. Emily (Clarke) did well on beam today and our floor routines were very good. I think as we get into the season, the girls are feeling more and more comfortable with their routines and it's just working out well. Plus, we had a full, healthy team today."
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Staples 123.45, Greenwich 117.15
All-around: Anna Violette (S) 33.1; Beam: Kat McCaffrey (G) 8.5; Vault: Violette (S) 8.6; Bars: McCaffrey (G) 7.9; Floor: Violette (S) 8.75