With a day off from school and midterms, the Staples gymnastics team traveled to Wilton last Thursday to face the Lady Warriors. Although Staples lost 134.25-127.7 and dropped to 1-4, it had its highest score of the season and was pleased with its performance.

Lady Wreckers coach Melissa Zigmont revealed that her team had opened their bag of tricks with one new vault, two new beam tricks and five new tumbling passes on floor. The risks paid off as Staples produced 13 new season-high scores.

Opening with the uneven bars, the Lady Wreckers performed well with an overall score of 29.65. Senior captain Emma Vaimberg (8.35), sophomore Emily Fishman (7.3), junior captain Zoe Heller (7.0) and sophomore Michelle Elsas (7.0) led Staples. Sophomore Morgan Craveho scored a 6.5.

Moving on to vault, the Lady Wreckers felt pressure to perform well as each Wilton gymnast scored at least eight points. Staples responded, putting up 32.2 points, just under the Warriors 33.1. Vaimberg (8.35), Heller (8.2) and junior captain Kara Tricarico (8.05) led the squad and Elsas (7.6) accounted for the fourth score.

Staples moved on to floor exercise and tallied 33.2 points, its best score of the day. Vaimberg (8.65), Fishman (8.3), Heller (8.2) and Tricarico (8.05) figured in the team scoring. Elsas (7.6) and sophomore Katie Blumenfeld (7.0) also performed crowd-dazzling routines.

The Lady Wreckers finished the day by scoring a 32.3 on the balance beam. Vaimberg (8.6), Fishman (8.5), Heller (7.9) and Cravenho (7.6) led the squad. Blumenfeld (7.35), Tricarico (7.1) and Elsas (6.0) also competed.

Zigmont remains hopeful. She said, "Overall I think the meet went really really well. Our new tricks definitely paid off, and this was good preparation for our meet next week."

Staples faced Pomperaug and Nonewaug yesterday after press time and will face New Milford on the road tomorrow.