Gymnastics: Warriors sixth at Class M meet

The Wilton High gymnastics team scored a 130.975 in its final team meet of the season, taking sixth at the Class M state championships on Saturday at Pomperaug High School.

The score was more than two points lower than the team’s average of 133.19 going into the meet — but better than last year’s score of 129.55 at the Class M meet.

Wilton’s highlight performers were juniors Nicki Babkowski and Meredith Nash, as both had career-best scores on the floor. Babkowski was second overall on floor with a score of 9.2 and Nash was fourth with a 9.05.

“Meredith hadn’t scored 9.0 all year on that routine. Nicki added one move and that put her over the 9.2 mark, which she’s never done before,” said coach Gary Chadwick. “They both really have a shot to be first-team all-state at the the Open this weekend.”

The top four scoring teams from the three class meets last weekend advanced to the State Open this Saturday at New Milford High School, along with individuals who finished in the top 40 in the state, by average, in each event.

Babkowski is ranked 21st in the state on the floor (8.825) and 37th on vault (8.6625), while Meredith Nash is ranked 26th on floor (8.75).

Also qualifying for the Open are Alex Uriarte, who is ranked 38th on the beam (8.55) and 39th on bars (8.2875), and Riley Wadehra, who is ranked 30th on bars (8.245).

The Warriors’ other top-10 finish at the Class M meet was by Sam Farhi, who tied for sixth on beam with an 8.65 score.

The Class M meet started well for Wilton. Floor was the Warriors’ first event, and behind the career efforts by Babkowski and Nash, it scored 34.65.

But things took a turn for the worse on the next event, vault, especially after Rebecca Poirier tore her ACL on her second vault.

“It was pretty much downhill from there,” said Chadwick.

On vault, Wilton was led by Nash with an 8.45, followed by Poirier (8.4), Uriarte (8.25) and Wadehra (8.1).

Uriarte led the way on bars with a 7.9, followed by Alyssa Jarrett (7.8), Brooke Taffler (7.7) and Wadehra (7.65).

Following Farhi’s 8.65 on beam were Uriarte (8.15), Jarrett (8.025) and Sam Huffman (7.25). Rounding out the scoring on floor were Uriarte (8.4) and Farhi (8.0).

As a team, the Warriors scored 33.2 on vault, 31.05 on bars, 32.075 on beam, and 34.65 on floor.

“Basically we finished up where we started,” said Chadwick of the team’s sixth place. “We were still better this year than we were last year.”