New Canaan girls score season-high 102.1 points
Published 4:31 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The New Canaan gymnastics team rebounded from the FCIAC championships by closing out the season on a positive note. Although New Canaan didn't win, it scored a season-high 102.1 points Tuesday in a home meet at Westhill against Weston (109.4) on Senior Night.
"We had an excellent meet tonight and it's a great way to end the season," Lady Rams Coach Anne Tomaselli said. "The girls did the best they did all year and they stuck their beam routines. We couldn't have done any better."
Senior co-captain Alex Orteig led New Canaan by scoring a 7.8 on vault, a 7.4 on floor exercise and a 6.4 on the uneven bars. Fellow senior co-captain Lauren Ross tallied a 6.3 on floor, a 5.8 on the balance beam and a 4.0 on bars.
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Classmate Haley McLane did well on vault (7.2) and bars (5.0) while seniors Maria Altamura (6.6) and Laura Huertas (6.0) hung tough on beam. Junior Jazmine Damato is a first-year gymnast and continues to improve on beam (5.0).
"It was wonderful, we did better than expected," Orteig said. "I told everyone to give each other a pat on the back because we did very well."
For Orteig and her classmates, this was their last meet of their career.
"It was sad but we decided to go out with a bang," Orteig said. "How we performed was beautiful and it was in stark contrast to FCIACs where we were burned out. We used the last two days [between FCIACs and Senior Night] to recharge our batteries and it helped us on Senior Night."
New Canaan finished ninth at the FCIAC championships Saturday at Westhill with 86.15 points in the nine-team field and were in last place in vault (28.35), bars (14.9) and beam (18.8) and were tied for eighth on floor (24.1).
"We had a tough night," Tomaselli said. "We did the best we could but we had falls on beam. We started well on floor and vault but struggled on bars and beam."
Orteig led the Lady Rams with an all-around score of 23.15, which included a 7.35 on vault and a 6.4 on floor.
"Vault was my best event and the only one I didn't fall on," Orteig said. "I twisted my ankle on floor, which started the chain of events for me. I could have done much better."
Hoover and Gerardi both had all-around scores of 21.4, both scoring 7.1 on vault and tallied a 6.5 and 5.5, respectively on floor. McLane scored a 6.8 on vault and Ross had a 5.7 on floor.
"FCIACs was stressful and a lot went wrong leading up to FCIACs," Orteig said. "We were all tired and not into it. We were falling and we were sloppy but a lot of girls did pretty well. Victoria and Laura tried very hard. Ellen was injured but pulled out nice routines on floor and vault. Overall, I'm happy with the other seniors. We worked very hard and achieved things."