Gymnastics: Wilton seeded fourth for Class M meet

The Wilton High gymnastics team is seeded fourth for Saturday's Class M state championships, at 9:30 a.m. at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.

With an average of 132.45, the Warriors are ranked behind Daniel Hand (136.28), New Milford (136.21) and FCIAC champ Darien (132.85), but ahead of the other four teams.

“I don’t have any delusions about states. You have Hand and New Milford as one and two. Then Darien in third and we’re fourth. If we can find a way to get by Darien for third and get on the podium, that would be nice,” said coach Gary Chadwick.

Among all the teams in the state, Wilton finished the regular season with the sixth-best team average. Woodstock Academy was number one with a 148.21 average.

Last Friday, the Warriors bounced back from a disappointing showing at the FCIAC championships with one of its better scores of the season at New Milford, in the final meet of the regular season.

The Warriors scored 132.25, which was just about their season average going in, although they lost to New Milford (which scored 137.05). Greenwich was also at the competition and scored 131.6, although Wilton was only going head-to-head against New Milford.

“We had a solid meet. They performed the way they needed to perform,” said coach Chadwick, whose team finished at 7-4. “It was nice to get a little measure of revenge on (Greenwich) after they beat us at FCIACs.”

The Warriors had their fourth best score of the season, despite not having their top performer on floor, Meredith Nash, who was resting an ankle injury.

Sara Posson led the way on vault with an 8.6, which was fourth overall among the three teams. Nash had an 8.55 (fifth overall), followed by Rebecca Poirier (8.4), Alex Uriarte (8.3) and Morgan Leddy (8.0).

On bars, Izzy Meltzer led the way with an 8.2, which was the fifth best overall. She was followed by Leddy with a 7.95, Uriarte and Riley Wadehra, both with 7.8s, and Catie Jones with a 7.55.

On beam, Leddy had the team’s top score with an 8.5, placing her fourth overall. Sam Farhi scored an 8.3 (sixth overall), followed Nash (in her first time performing on beam) with 8.0, Jones (7.9), Pheobe Kamp (7.8), Meltzer (7.7) and Uriarte (7.4).

Leddy also led the way on floor with an 8.6, followed by Posson (8.55), Meltzer (8.45) and Uriarte (8.35) to complete Wilton’s scoring. Farhi scored 8.15 and Poirier, performing for the first time on floor, had a 7.2.