Staples gymnasts take 6th at Class L
The seventh-seeded Staples gymnastics team scored 119.275 points and moved up a spot at the Class L championships last Saturday by finishing in sixth place at Pomperaug.
The Lady Wreckers opened up the meet by scoring 32.875 on floor exercise, their highest score of the night and one of their highest scores on floor this year. Sophomores Katie Blumenfeld and Michelle Elsas began the meet for Staples and earned scores of 7.1 and 6.9. Sophomore Emily Fishman, who upgraded her tumbling pass to a back tuck, hit a 8.25 for her team, and junior captains Zoë Heller and Kara Tricarico produced scores of 8.2 and 7.5.
Senior captain Emma Vaimberg finished up with a crowd-dazzling routine that opened with a front layout, full twist; an impressive addition that helped earn her 8.925 points. The team was elated, as they were sure that Vaimberg's score would rank as one of the highest in the meet.
Staples then scored 31.6 on vault. Sophomore Morgan Cravenho and Elsas opened the routine and both scored 7.6. Fishman contributed 7.7, while Heller and Tricarico earned scores of 8.05 and 7.8. Vaimberg wrapped up the event with an 8.05.
The Lady Wreckers faltered on the uneven bars and scored 26.4 points on an event that has been their weak point throughout the season and is arguably the most physically demanding event. Blumenfeld produced a 4.35, while Elsas scored a 5.6. Tricarico, Heller and Fishman scored 6.45, 6.25 and 5.8 respectively. Vaimberg finished with a 7.9.
Staples closed up the meet by scoring 28.4 points on the balance beam. Blumenfeld and Cravenho opened up the last event with scores of 5.65 and 5.4. Tricarico then scored a 6.0 on her routine. Heller scored a 6.9 while Fishman earned 7.6 Vaimberg closed out the meet with a 7.9.
"I'm proud of them for doing so well and beating a team seeded 5th," Lady Wreckers Coach Melissa Zigmont said.
Vaimberg, who performed especially well at Class L, was able to prolong her Staples gymnastics career by one more week. She will compete on beam and floor at State Open tomorrow at New Milford.
"I'm really excited and look forward to finishing up what has turned out to be an amazing year," Vaimberg said.
Next year, the Lady Wreckers will be hard-pressed to replace Vaimberg.
"Emma will be a huge loss," Zigmont said. "She is a strong leader as a gymnast, student and captain and will be missed."
Zigmont is already looking to next year. She said, "I'm excited for the returning girls because I know they will work hard during the off-season," she said. "There are also many talented eighth graders coming in next year."