Gymnastics: Wilton hits season high in win over Staples
In its best performance of the season, the Wilton High gymnastics team set season-bests on all four events on Tuesday, producing a season-high score of 136.7.
The score was more than five and a half points above the team’s season average before the meet, leaving the Warriors with a season average of 132.25.
Wilton improved its record to 5-2 win a win over Staples, which scored 128.25.
Coach Gary Chadwick said that the team’s conditioning and execution have started to kick in, which helps explain Tuesday’s performance. While Wilton may have gotten a percentage of a point here and there, he said, “there was nothing drastic in terms of overscoring” from the judges.
“At this point it’s a matter of how we execute. The talent level is definitely up from the last couple of years. Now finally we’re starting to show it a little bit,” he said. “It took a while for things to come together.”
Wilton will have a break of 11 days until its next meet (at Trumbull on Feb. 3), which will give the Warriors a chance to perfect and/or upgrade routines in preparation for the FCIAC championships on Feb. 10.
“Barring a serious injury to one of our key performers, we should be in pretty good shape,” said Chadwick.
Tuesday’s beam score (33.7) was more than two points higher than the team’s season average going into the meet, and the score on floor (35.0) was more than a point and a half over the season average.
Jess Olin led the way on all four events on Tuesday. She had a season-best 8.8 on beam and tied her season-best on bars with an 8.8. She scored 9.3 on vault and 9.1 on floor, and had an all-around score of 36.0.
Kate Ginsberg was second on beam (8.5) and tied for third overall on floor (8.5), both season bests.
Carter Siegel was second on vault with a season-best 8.6 and fourth on beam with an 8.3.
Lilly Byrnes was second on floor (9.0), third on beam (8.1) and fourth on vault (season-best 8.5), while Brooke Taffler finished second on bars (8.3) and third on vault (8.5). Sam Huffman placed third on the team (fourth overall) on bars (8.1).
Taylor White was fourth on the team on floor with a season-best 8.4.
Alyssa Jarrett tied her season-best on bars (7.8). Also setting season-bests on bars were Meg McNamara (7.9), Lauren Cooper (7.6) and Peyton Gildersleeve (7.2).
For the Wreckers, Mary Fitton led the way on vault (8.3), bars (8.2), beam (8.0) and floor (8.5), for an all-around score of 33.0.
Anna Costello tied for first on the team on vault with an 8.3. Chloe Ashton was second on the team on both floor (8.4) and bars (8.0), and had an all-around score of 31.7.
Results for the meet were:
Vault (34.9) — Jess Olin 9.3, Carter Siegel 8.6, Brooke Taffler 8.5, Lilly Byrnes 8.5, Taylor White 7.9, Kayla Heber 7.8;
Bars (33.1) — Jess Olin 8.8, Brooke Taffler 8.3, Sam Huffman 8.1, Meg McNamara 7.9, Alyssa Jarrett 7.8, Lauren Cooper 7.6, Peyton Gildersleeve 7.2;
Beam (33.7) — Jess Olin 8.8, Kate Ginsberg 8.5, Lilly Byrnes 8.1, Carter Siegel 8.3, Sam Huffman 7.7, Alyssa Jarrett 7.4, Peyton Gildersleeve 7.6;
Floor (35.0) — Jess Olin 9.1, Lilly Byrnes 9.0, Kate Ginsberg 8.5, Taylor White 8.4, Sam Huffman 7.95, Meg McNamara 7.3
All-around — Jess Olin 36.0.
Vault (32.8) — Mary Fitton 8.3, Anna Costello 8.3, Jamie Hebel 8.1, Anastazia Perry 8.1, Chloe Ashton 7.9, Lucy Arrow 7.8;
Bars (31.5) — Mary Fitton 8.2, Chloe Ashton 8.0, Sarah Allen 7.7, Jillian Levin 7.6, Soleil Molesworth 7.1, Mia Parkes 6.2;
Beam (30.45) — Mary Fitton 8.0, Soleil Molesworth 7.7, Chloe Ashton 7.4, Sarah Allen 7.35, Jamie Hebel 7.0, Anastazia Perry 6.8;
Floor (32.8) — Mary Fitton 8.5, Chloe Ashton 8.4, Sarah Allen 8.0, Anastazia Perry 7.9, Jamie Hebel 7.8, Paola Arosemena 7.5.
All-around — Mary Fitton 33.0; Chloe Ashton 31.7.