Gymnastics: Despite opening losses, Wilton off to better start this season

Opening the season on the road, just like a year ago, the Wilton High gymnastics team had much better results than a year ago, despite suffering a pair of defeats.

The Warriors’ score of 129.5 in Saturday’s first meet in Trumbull was still about three points higher than last year’s first score. And in their meet on Tuesday at Fairfield, they improved by nearly two points from Saturday — and by more than five points from their second meet last season — with a 131.2.

“I really can’t complain. We’re better than we were last year at the same point,” said head coach Gary Chadwick. “We lost both meets but it was big difference from last year.”

Wilton (1-2) lost to Trumbull in the opener, 131.75 to 129.5. On Tuesday, they fell to Fairfield Ludlowe, 133.25 to 131.2, but scored a win over Fairfield Warde, which scored 51.9.

The team’s 130.25 average is more than four points better than its average after two meets (126.18) last season.

Chadwick said that the Warriors lost to Trumbull by more than five points in the second meet last season, compared to only a little more than two points this season — despite Trumbull having mostly the same team and Wilton having lost four gymnasts.

He said there is room for improvement as the season progresses, and that Wilton has a shot to move up from its current ranking of fifth in the FCIAC.

“I think we should be around 134. Hopefully we can improve enough where we can beat Ludlowe when we get to FCIACs, and hopefully we can beat Trumbull,” he said. “The kids are really willing to learn and willing to try to be better, and we will be better.”

The Warriors are currently ranked ninth in the state.

The biggest improvement for Wilton between Saturday’s meet and Tuesday came on the beam, as the Warriors scored two points higher with a 32.6.

“The biggest thing (on Tuesday) was that after the first meet we saw the connections on beam were not being made. We had one practice (on Monday) and we changed all the girls’ tumbling connections on beam, and we were much better,” Chadwick said. “The kids were great. Two points in one meet after only one practice, on that event, is pretty amazing.”

In Saturday’s meet, only one Warriors scored higher than 8.0 on beam, Sam Farhi with an 8.25. On Tuesday, four Warriors did — Morgan Leddy (8.3), Alex Uriarte (8.2), Sam Huffman (8.1) and Farhi (8.0). Leddy, Uriarte and Huffman all saw an improvement of more than a point over Saturday.

Wilton’s scores on bars and floor were about the same or slightly better than on Saturday, while the vault scored dropped by nearly a half a point.

“We just didn’t hit the vaults the way we should have last night,” said Chadwick.

The Warriors have their first home meet today against Staples (4) and travel to Greenwich, the second-ranked team in the state, on Monday at 4.

Results for last week’s matches were:
Ludlowe 133.25, Wilton 131.2, Warde 51.9
Vault (32.75) — Meredith Nash 8.35, Nicki Babkowski 8.25, Rebecca Poirier 8.2, Alex Uriarte 7.95, Riley Wadehra 7.7, Brooke Taffler 7.6;

Bars (32.2) — Riley Wadehra 8.15, Morgan Leddy 8.1, Alyssa Jarrett 8.0, Sam Farhi 7.95, Alex Uriarte 7.9, Sam Huffman 7.8, Brooke Taffler 7.4;

Beam (32.6) — Morgan Leddy 8.3, Alex Uriarte 8.2, Sam Huffman 8.1, Sam Farhi 8.0, Alyssa Jarrett 7.5, Meredith Nash 7.4;

Floor (33.65) — Meredith Nash 8.7, Nicki Babkowski 8.5, Alex Uriarte 8.25, Morgan Leddy 8.2, Sam Huffman 7.5.
Trumbull 131.75, Wilton 129.5
Vault (33.15) — Meredith Nash 8.5, Brooke Taffler 8.3, Rebecca Poirier 8.2, Alex Uriarte 8.15, Riley Wadehra 7.9, Nicki Babkowski 7.9;

Bars (32.35) — Morgan Leddy 8.2, Riley Wadehra 8.1, Alyssa Jarrett 8.05, Alex Uriarte 8.0, Sam Huffman 7.9, Sam Farhi 7.75;

Beam (30.55) — Sam Farhi 8.25, Meredith Nash 7.65, Alex Uriarte 7.15, Sam Huffman 7.0, Morgan Leddy 6.9, Alyssa Jarrett 6.5;

Floor (33.45) — Meredith Nash 8.5, Nicki Babkowski 8.4, Alex Uriarte 8.3, Morgan Leddy 8.25, Sam Huffman 8.1.