Lady Trojans vault to victory
Published 1:03 am, Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Weston gymnastics team was back in the winner's circle on Friday when it won its first meet in three years with a 100.65-85.3 home victory over New Canaan. Weston raised its record to 1-4. New Canaan dropped to 0-5.
"I'm so excited to get our first win and to break 100," Lady Trojans Coach Salina Tavella said. They keep getting every meet and I'm so proud of them. They want it and I love their determination."
Weston scored a 29.6 on vault, a 20.4 on the uneven bars, a 24.1 on the balance beam and a 26.55 on floor exercise. Freshman Andrea Janis and sophomore Alexis Gandal led the way with all-around scores of 28.4 and 27.6, respectively. Senior captain Kailie Mann also played a role with an all-around score of 24.3.
"It feels very good," Mann said. "My whole team was extremely happy because we got our first win and broke 100 in only our fourth meet of the season, which is a double whammy."
Gandal (6.8) and Janis (6.45) tried a harder beam routine and although they had one fall on it, they showed poise on it and their performances are a positive sign for the future.
"I just went for it and I didn't think about it," Gandal said. "I fell on one of my turns, which I'm not happy about it, but I'm happy with my overall routine."
Janis said, "We practiced it a couple of times and I landed it in practice. "I fell during the meet but I got back up and I landed it. It was a little scary because I haven't done it in a meet."
Sophomore Maddie Ratte (5.8) and Mann (5.05) rounded out the team scoring on beam. Ratte improved by 1.6 from last Thursday's meet, a 117.8-97.45 home setback to Wilton.
On vault, Gandal (7.8) and Janis (7.6) led the way. Mann (7.4) and Ratte (6.8) rounded out the team scoring with the latter adding 1.2 points from the Wilton meet.
"I just ran fast and jumped on the springboard hard," Janis said. "I just had a good feeling and I tried my hardest."
Gandal said, "Running fast and focusing on what you are doing. I was really happy with it."
Janis (6.8) led the way on bars and was followed by Mann (6.1) and Gandal (5.5). On floor, Janis (7.55) was tops for the Lady Trojans and Gandal (7.5) was close behind her. Mann (5.8) and Ratte (5.7) rounded out the team scoring.
Against Wilton, Janis (29.55), Gandal (27) and Mann (22.8) led the way. Janis was especially pleased with her performance against Wilton and hopes to break 30 soon.
"This win boosts our confidence and shows how hard we worked in the first four meets," Mann said. "We keep on increasing our score and we hope to keep on getting better."