Lady Wrecker gymnasts maintain their state seed
Junior co-captain Emily Fishman had the next highest all-around score (29.85) for the Lady Wreckers. Fishman had perfect balance on beam (8.2), which was her best event, followed by floor (7.65), vault (7.35) and bars (6.6).
"I think we did really well," Fishman said. "Although our team score wasn't as good as it was before, it was OK because the judging is a lot tougher across the board at States."
Heller had an all-around score of 28.975 and stuck her half-on, half-off vault (8.125). She combined power and grace on floor (7.9), stuck her barani half dismount on beam (7.6) for one of her better scores of the season and tallied a 5.35 on bars.
"I was very happy with my performance at states especially that it was my last competition as a high school gymnast," Heller said. "I was most excited about sticking both my beam routine and my vault. My only advice and keys to a great vault is being focused - it's truly the vault depending on you not the other way around. It's easy to lose concentration and not go over, so it is important to have the right mindset and stick with that before you even start running. I made sure that on floor to stick every pass and be as tight as I could be. On beam I was able to test out a new dismount which I was super excited I stuck. Overall [it was] a good meet."
Junior Morgan Cravenho had an all-around score of 25.05 with her best performances coming on vault (7.45) and beam (7.2). Cravenho held her own on floor (6.0) and competed on bars (4.4).
Overall, Staples was happy with the year and looks forward to next year.
"I was definitely happy with the year," Martin said. "We had a small team and didn't have room for error. Next year, we only lose one and hope to gain two to three girls."
Fishman said, "I'm really excited for next year. We'll miss Zoe but we'll work hard in the offseason and be stronger next year and improve. The new freshmen will also help."
Heller is confident that the team will improve after she leaves.
"This was a great season to end on," Heller said. "I was happy with both my performances and my teams performances throughout the year. It was exciting to add two new girls to our team and I definitely saw how the both improved and grew over time which ultimately really impacted our team in a positive manner. It was intimidating at first not knowing who our coach would be before the start of the season, but after meeting and getting to know [first-year coach] Kelsey Martin, I couldn't have been happier. She was a great coach and really interacted with us and helped us both one-on-one and as a team. It was really great seeing her high school experience be reflected onto us and used as inspiration for our team. With her gymnastics background, we were always in the gym practices new jumps, turns, and passes everyday for a new way we could spice up our routines at every competition. The juniors as well Emily [junior] Katie [Blumenfeld] and Morgan have improved tremendously from the beginning of their career and I can't wait to visit and see what they have in store for next year. I know I'm leaving the team in good hands -- it was a great season."