Wilton Y gymnasts host Fright Fest

Last Saturday marked the third annual Gymnastics Fright Fest hosted by the Wilton Family Y.

This early, costume-friendly, pre-season meet was designed to serve several purposes. First, it gives high school gymnasts who compete both for the Y and for their schools the chance to qualify early for the Y’s league, state, regional and national championships. FCIAC rules make it difficult for gymnasts to compete in Y meets and earn those qualifying scores during the high school season.

Second, Fright Fest provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere for gymnasts to test their new routines. This was particularly important this year, when all compulsory routines (which have been essentially unchanged for the last 12 years) were updated and altered in accordance with the US Gymnastics governing body. There were so many changes in gymnastics this year that several area gyms were not prepared to field teams at the event.

However, Glastonbury, Meriden, Westport and Wilton Y teams were represented, and the more than 70 gymnasts who competed got an early assessment of their readiness to perform the new required tricks and choreography.

The results are in and Wilton gymnasts look like they will be up to the challenges of the new season.

Four Wilton teams (Levels 3, 5, 7 and 8) took the first-place team trophy, and six Wilton gymnasts (Olivia Mannino, Kate Ginsburg, Alyssa Jarrett, Sam Huffman, Morgan Leddy and Annie Saltarelli) were all-around champions.

Wilton’s gymnasts in Level 3 (previously called Level 4) won the first-place team trophy.

In the Child division, all-around champion Olivia Mannino won first place for all-around, bars (9.2), beam (9.0) and floor, and finished third on vault. Sienna Morris took second on vault and bars and finished third in the all-around.

In the Junior division, Hadley Nussbaum earned her second-place all-around finish with her first place on floor (9.0) and second place on bars (9.0) and beam. Evelyn Miano took first place on beam (9.0) and third on bars, floor, and all-around. Katherine Franco finished second on both vault (9.1) and beam. Grace Chan took third place on vault (9.0) and on beam. Lindsay Jarrett finished third on beam.

In the Senior division, Kathryn Walsh came in second in the all-around, with a second-place finish on vault and third on bars and floor. Julia Strickland came in third in the all-around with first-place finishes on floor and beam. Nicole VanPelt took second place on beam and third place on vault.

Wilton’s Level 4 team finished in second place.

In the Child division, Jessica Wu earned second place in the all-around, winning first place on beam and vault, second on floor, and third on bars. Maeve Burke finished third on vault. Emilia Riina also finished third on vault and bars.

In the Junior division, Megan McNamara won third place in the all-around, finishing second on floor and third on vault. Nicole Alingdogan took first place on beam and vault and second place on bars. Nicole Beecher also finished first on vault.

The Level 5 team garnered first place.

In the Child division, Kate Ginsberg was the all-around champion, finishing first on beam (9.1), second on bars and floor, and third on vault. Carter Siegel won first place for bars and vault, second place for beam and all-around, and third on floor. Rachel Esslinger took first place for vault, finished third in the all-around, and third on the bars, beam and floor. Kayla Heber finished second on vault.

In the Senior division, Alyssa Jarrett earned first place in the all-around, as well as on the vault, bars and beam. Elizabeth Costello took second on floor and third in the all-around. Guiliana Tripuzzi finished first on floor and second on vault. Libby Hinshaw took second on beam and third on floor.

Wilton’s Level 7 team also won the first-place trophy.

In the Junior division, Sam Huffman was the all-around champion, and was first on bars (9.2) and second on floor. Alessandra Uriarte took first place on floor and beam, second in the all-around and third on vault. Isabelle Meltzer finished second on vault (9.0), bars and beam, and was third in the all-around.

In the Senior division, Morgan Leddy won first place in the all-around and on vault, bars and beam, and was second on floor. Samantha Farhi took first on floor and second for vault, bars and in the all-around.

The Level 8 Wilton girls also won  first place.

Annie Saltarelli was the all-around champion and also took first on floor (9.0) and beam (9.0) and second on bars. Lizzie Berta finished second in the all-around and floor and third on beam and bars. Leah Moroknek took second place on beam and third place on floor. Emma Rosenblatt took first place on vault.