Gymnastics: Wilton fourth at Open, Olin makes New Englands

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Wilton’s Brooke Taffler earned second-team all-state honors with top 40 finishes on bars and vault at Saturday’s State Open gymnastics championships. — GretchenMcMahonPhotography.com

The Wilton High gymnastics team scored 132.075 at Saturday’s State Open at Pomperaug High School, placing fourth overall in the state.

It was the final meet of the season as a team, although junior Jess Olin qualified for New Englands in the all-around by placing in the top six individually.

Greenwich won the State Open title with a score of 143.525, followed by Woodstock Academy (138.425), Trumbull (136.775) and Wilton.

Olin had a of 36.075 to place fourth in the all-around. It was the best effort for a Wilton gymnast since Chelsea Levander finished second in the all-around at the 2012 State Open.

Olin was also third on floor (9.4), sixth on bars (8.75), sixth on vault (9.1) and eighth on beam (8.825). She was first-team all-state in all four events

Also earning first-team all-state honors was freshman Lilly Byrnes, who was eighth on floor with a 9.1

Brooke Taffler was second-team all-state on both bars (24th, 8.0) and vault (29th, 8.575).

Byrnes also was second-team all-state on beam (34th, 7.7), and scored 7.95 on vault, good enough for 45th place.

Carter Siegel earned second-team all-state on both vault (39th, 8.25) and beam (40th, 7.325).

Sam Huffman tied for 30th on bars (7.85) to make second-team all-state. She was also 41st on floor (7.7).

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