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The Weston gymnastics team scored 16.21 more points than it did in its first meet.

Although Weston dropped to 0-3 with road losses to Fairfield Ludlowe (116.9) and Fairfield Warde (106.3) on Tuesday at Lakewood Trumbull YMCA, it's buoyed by its 88 points, beating its 71.79 points it tallied in the season opener.

"We had Alexis back and the girls did bars by themselves without my spotting them, earning them a few more points," said Lady Trojans coach Salina Tavella.

Tavella was referring to sophomore Alexis Gandal, who missed the first meet. Gandal had an all-around score of 24.2 and had her best production on vault, scoring a 7.2.

"I tried as hard as I could," said Gandal. "I ran hard and jumped high."

Gandal tallied a 6.3 on floor exercise, a 6.0 on the balance beam and a 4.7 on the uneven bars.

"It was a lot of fun," said Gandal. "I'm upset I missed the first meet and I tried to enjoy this meet. The first meet is always the toughest and once you get it out of the way, you improve throughout the season."

Freshman Andrea Janis was Weston's top performer with an all-around score of 26.1. Janis scored a 7.8 on vault and was very pleased with it.

"I ran very fast and I jumped hard on the springboard," said Janis.

Janis led the Lady Trojans with a 6.4 on floor and 6.3 on bars and was second on the team on beam with a 5.6. Although she did well on bars, she's disappointed because she fell on her dismount. She's determined to prevent future falls and raise her scores.

"I wish I didn't fall," said Janis. "I'll keep working on my skills and presentation."

Senior captain Kailee Mann also competed all-around for Weston (19.7). Mann did well on vault (6.7) and floor (5.9).

Sophomores Maddie Ratte and Lena Romaldini and freshman Meredith Marcus also competed for the Lady Trojans. Ratte did well on vault (6.4) and floor (4.8) and Romaldini had a good performance on vault (5.8) and floor (4.1) as well. Marcus showed good signs on floor (4.1).

"I think we did a lot better than the previous meet," said Mann. "We improved and are getting stronger. We're practicing harder and we're motivated."

Weston will compete at the Pomperaug Invitational tomorrow and hosts Wilton next Thursday.

"We got to work on our technique and I hope to get the score a little higher," said Tavella.

Mann said, "Every meet, we'll improve because the new girls are getting more confident and the returning girls are finding their groove."