Wilton Y gymnasts have two champs at Northeast championships

The YMCA Northeast Regional Championships is the toughest gymnastics competition of the year for many area gymnasts. This year’s meet, held on May 9-11 in Glastonbury, brought together hundreds of competitors from 29 teams from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

The Wilton Y gymnastics team finished with two all-around champions, Olivia Mannino and Isabella Jureller. Seven other gymnasts had top-five finishes in the all-around, and many had scores of 9.0 and higher, or finished in the top five of individual events.

Wilton’s Level 3 squad finished fourth out of 29 teams.

Wilton’s youngest competitor, Sienna Morris, finished fourth in the all-around, and was third on floor (9.075), fourth on bars (9.0), fourth on beam and fifth on vault.

Olivia Mannino, the all-around champion for her age group, also won first place on bars (9.575), vault (9.45) and beam (9.45).

In the next age division, Gillian Lipsky finished third on bars (9.15) and fifth on vault (9.25). Evelyn Miano garnered third place in the all-around, with second-place finishes on beam (9.5) and floor (9.3), and scores of 9.1 on vault and 9.0 on bars.

Kaylie Berghaus earned a 9.0 for her bars routine. Katherine Franco finished fourth on vault (9.3) and fourth on floor (9.25). Rachel Calabrese scored 9.0 both on vault and on beam.

Isabella Jureller, the all-around champion for her age group, was also first on vault (9.625) and beam (9.35), fifth on bars, and scored a 9.0 on floor.

Emma Benventano took third place on beam. Kathryn Walsh finished second on vault (9.325) and earned a 9.0 on floor.

Highlights from the Level 4 squad included Lilly Byrnes’ second place on floor (9.5), fourth place on beam (9.2), and fourth place on vault. Jessica Wu scored a 9.1 on beam.

In Level 5’s 11-year old division, Lauren Cooper earned a 9.15 on bars.

Among 12-year-olds, Kate Ginsburg finished in second place in the all-around, with a first place on beam (9.025), third on vault, and fifth on bars (9.2). Kayla Heber was fourth in the all-around, with a second place finish on bars (9.4), third on floor (9.1), and fifth on vault.

In the next age group, Alyssa Jarrett took fourth place on bars (9.2).

Wilton’s Level 6 squad finished in fifth place.

Carter Siegel was third on bars, fourth on floor (9.275), and fourth on beam (9.025). Marra Woodring was fourth on bars and earned 9.05 on floor. Catie Jones garnered third place on bars and fourth on beam. Casey Redcay was fourth on floor and fifth on bars.

In Level 7, Sam Farhi took third place in the all-around, second place on beam (9.15), second on bars, and fifth on floor. Izzy Meltzer was fourth on vault (9.275) and fourth on floor. Sam Huffman finished fifth on bars.

In Level 8, Lizzie Berta took second place in the all-around as well as taking first on beam (9.1), second on floor (9.2), fourth on bars and fifth on vault.

Emma Rosenblatt won first place on floor (9.25) and finished third on vault.

Annie Saltarelli took third place in the all-around, with a first place on floor (9.35), third on bars and fourth on both vault and beam. Leah Moroknek finished fifth on floor (9.25).

By all accounting, it has been a successful season for the hard-working Wilton Y gymnastics team, and it’s not over yet. Fifteen girls will be traveling to Tampa, Fla., in early July to compete in the 2014 national championships.