The Staples gymnastics team goes into the FCIAC championship meet on a positive note by grabbing two wins. Staples raised its record to 4-7, 3-5, by tallying 121.75 points in besting host Westhill (97) and New Canaan (88.45) on Feb. 4.

"Westhill's meet overall started out great," Lady Wreckers Coach Melissa Zigmont said, "We were on track to score a 125, but fell short on beam at the end."

Zigmont felt that the team performed solidly on the uneven bars. Senior captain Emma Vaimberg led the way by scoring an 8.0. She was followed by junior assistant captain Kara Tricarico (6.85), sophomore Emily Fishman (6.5) and junior assistant captain Zoe Heller (6.2).

Staples then moved to its event, Vault. "Zoe, Kara and Emily performed some newer vaults," Zigmont said. "Everything else stayed consistent."

Heller (8.55) scored a career-high and led the team on vault for the first time this year. Vaimberg (8.5) and Fishman (8.25) followed and Tricarico (8.2) rounded out the team scoring with a career high. Although their scores didn't count, sophomores Morgan Craveho (7.85) and Michelle Elsas (7.8) earned career highs as well.

The Lady Wreckers faced problems on floor exercise when three of the six music tracks faltered. Nevertheless, they remained undaunted by it and did not lose their tempo. "They did a great job remaining focused," Zigmont said. Fishman, Tricarico, Heller and Vaimberg (8.5), Heller (7.75), Tricarico (7.45) and Fishman (7.1) led the way. Elsas (7.0) and sophomore Katie Blumenfeld (6.7) also performed on floor.

Staples closed out the meet on the balance beam and suffered nine falls on it. "Unfortunately we just did not stay focused closing on beam," Zigmont said. Vaimberg (7.8), Fishman (7.8) and Heller (7.8) and Tricarico (6.5) scored for the Lady Wreckers on beam.

Vaimberg felt the last regular season meet before today's FCIAC championship meet went well. She said, "I think Thursday went very well for me and also for my teammates. I'm really excited for FCIACs. It will be a really nice way to round up the season."

The Lady Wreckers are seeded sixth at FCIACs.

"We are looking forward to FCIACs," Zigmont said. "I wish we could have one more week to heal our bodies and because we are so close to some new skills. The snow will also take a practice away this week so we are going into FCIACs with only three practices. But the girls are rising to every occasion this season so I expect nothing less at this meet."