Gymnastics: Wilton won't be at full strength for FCIACs
One of the things the Wilton High gymnastics team had going for it this season was depth, but injuries have taken their toll nonetheless.
The Warriors will compete in the FCIAC championships on Saturday morning at Law High School in Milford without two top performers in senior Morgan Leddy and freshman Sam Huffman.
Leddy is sidelined by a sprained knee, while Huffman had been out for several weeks with a sprained foot.
“You always think you have enough depth, until you don't,” said coach Gary Chadwick, who expects the Warriors to battle Fairfield Ludlowe for third place at FCIACs. Greenwich is the clear favorite to win the title, followed by Darien.
The Warriors enter the meet with an average of 131.38, which is fourth best among FCIAC teams, about four points higher than fifth-place Trumbull.
The loss of Leddy and Huffman will be felt most on beam and floor. Leddy is the team’s top scorer on beam (8.35 average) and third on floor (8.41). Huffman had the team’s fifth best average on floor (7.96) and fourth best average on beam (7.32).
Vault is in better shape, with the team’s top five performers available in Nicki Babkowski (8.51), Rebecca Poirier (8.36), Meredith Nash (8.36), Alex Uriarte (8.29) and Riley Wadehra (8.14), plus Brooke Taffler (8.0) and Taylor White (7.66).
On bars the team’s top four are available in Wadehra (8.22), Uriarte (8.02), Alyssa Jarrett (7.96) and Sam Farhi (7.95), along with Taffler (7.85).
“We have enough on those two events, but it hurts us on beam and floor. Both of them were regulars on both events, ” he said of the loss of Leddy and Huffman. He said that left little room for error on beam and floor.
“The one to four on those events are going to have to hit their routines,” he said.
Wilton will have the services of its top performers on floor in Babkowski (8.62) and Meredith Nash (8.67), along with Uriarte (8.27), Poirier (7.44) and White (7.2).
On beam it will still have Uriarte (8.19), Farhi (8.11), Jarrett (7.34) and Taffler (7.31).