Lady Wreckers fall short to Darien
Going into tomorrow's FCIAC championship meet, the Staples gymnastics team enters on a mixed note.
The good news for Staples is that it eclipsed 130 points Tuesday in a home meet against Darien at Weston Middle School on Senior Day. However, the Lady Wreckers lost, 134.3-131.75 to drop to 9-6, and enter the meet on a somewhat done note. Moreover, Staples will be the fourth-seed at FCIAC because of the loss. Darien raised its record to 11-1.
"I'm very happy with how we did and it was a strong meet," Lady Wreckers senior captain Emily Fishman said. "The meet went well and it will prepare us for FCIACs."
Staples' best event was floor exercise, where it scored 34.85 points. Vault (32.8) was the team's next best event, followed by the balance beam (32.2) and the uneven bars (31.9).
Sophomore Anna Violette led the Lady Wreckers with an all-around score of 33.9.
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"It was a fun meet to have because of senior night, and the fun energy made it easier [for me]," Violette said.
Violette led the way on floor with a 9.25.
"I had problems with me heals, but I was determined to push through and I came out on top," Violette said.
She was also poised on bars (8.4) and showed command on it.
"Bars is fun to do," Violette said. "I decided to do harder skills, and I was able to do my best."
Consistency was the name of the game for Violette as she scored an 8.25 on vault and an 8.0 on beam.
Sophomore Deanna Baris was sensational on floor, scoring a 9.1 as she combined power and grace in sticking her tumbling passes. Baris had an all-around score of 31.1. Vault (8.25) was her second-best event, followed by beam (7.05) and bars (6.7).
Fishman had the second-best all-around score (32.6) for the team, and was served by her consistency in that she had no bad scores. Floor (8.4) was her best event, followed by vault (8.2), bars (8.1) and beam (7.9).
"I was a little injured with nagging injuries, but tried to let them go and do the best I could," Fishman said.
Freshman Andrea Mahieu (31.8) was the team's third-best all-around performer. Mahieu's best event was beam (8.2), followed by bars (8.0), floor (7,9) and vault (7.7). Sophomore Lindsay Kiedaisch (31.7) wasn't far behind Mahieu as an all-arounder. Kiedaisch scored identical 8.1s on vault, beam and floor and a 7.4 on bars.
Senior captain Katie Blumenfeld scored a 5.6 on bars and a 5.0 on beam.
"What we have to do to get ready for FCIACs is stay on beam and work on our connections," Lady Wreckers coach Kelsey Martin said. "Our floor was very good today, as usual. Our vaults have some stuck landings, which is a first. Our bars has a few minor errors, but for the most part. was constant. In order to move up and improve we need to add more difficulty on every event, stick landings and connect. We performed very clean, we just need to put it all together."