Violette leads Staples into Class L championships
Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Staples gymnastics team heads into tomorrow's Class L meet on a positive note.
The Class L meet is at 5 p.m. at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.
Staples scored a season-high 137.55 points last Friday in a home victory over New Milford (131.9) at Weston Middle School.
"Our routines were much improved from FCIACs," Lady Wreckers coach Kelsey Martin said. "As always, our floor routines were excellent. [Our performance on] bars was the best I have seen overall this season as well. The meet was a great tune-up for States. We look forward to the Class L meet."
Every Staples gymnast had a career-high in at least one event. This helped the Lady Wreckers finish the regular season at 10-6.
Staples had its highest score on the balance beam with 35.8 points. Normally, beam isn't the Lady Wreckers' best event, but they collectively had only one fall, which enabled them to raise their score on it.
"Except for one girl we stuck beam," Martin said.
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The team's next best event was floor exercise (34.7), followed by the uneven bars (33.65) and vault (33.4).
Sophomore Anna Violette led Staples with an all-around score of 35.25.
"I was really excited to finish the meet strong," Violette said. "I was hyped up for a great day, and the support from my teammates was a key factor [to my high score]."
Violette scored identical 9.05s on floor and beam. On floor, she combined power and grace in sticking her back handsprings, two back tucks, layout half-twist and front aerial.
"I just went big, and it paid off in the end," Violette said.
On beam, she executed back handsprings, back walkovers and her tuck jump series before closing the routine by sticking her front layout dismount. Violette had one of her best bar (8.7) routines and tallied an 8.45 on vault.
Finishing second to Violette on the team was sophomore Deanna Baris (33.75). Baris' highest score was floor (8.75); followed by vault (8.65), bars (8.3) and beam (8.05).
Sophomore Lindsay Kiedaisch (33.6) was slightly behind Baris. Kiedaisch's best score came on beam (8.7); followed by floor (8.6), vault (8.2) and bars (8.1).
Freshman Andrea Mahieu (33.45) had one of her better meets and continues to make progress. Mahieu was strong on beam (8.8) and bars (8.55), did well on floor (8.3), and held her own on vault (7.8).
Senior captain Emily Fishman (33.25) was exceptional on beam (9.25). Fishman's next best score was floor (8.2), followed by vault (8.1) and bars (7.7).
"The last meet was a confidence booster," Martin said. "Our spirits were high, and our performances were great. The success in this meet was really a great way to end the regular season. Hard work, confidence, and just practicing our routines over and over paid off. We're adding new skills, and every girl [can] finally put together three or four clean routines. Every girl has had the skills on every event. We finally put every event together."
The Lady Wreckers are the fourth-seed at Class L, and they hope to carry their momentum into the meet.
"We just wanted to get it done," Fishman said. "We finished the season on a strong note, and coming into states, we're confident in our routines, and we hope to do well."