By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

The New Canaan gymnastics team is building towards a bright future.

New Canaan is led by two junior captains and opened the season by scoring 60.5 points last Thursday (Jan. 5) at Weston Middle School in a loss to Weston (103.9) and Joel Barlow (108).

"It's definitely a struggle," Lady Rams coach Anne Tomaselli said. "We want to see what we can do and try stuff we've been working on and see where it takes us."

Not having freshman Isabella Giardina for most of the meet, who was a scratch in most events because of an injury, didn't help New Canaan. Giardina led the Lady Rams in vault with a 7.3, the only event she competed in.

In fact, vault was the only event New Canaan had any success, scoring a 26.1 on it. The Lady Rams tallied a 14.2 on the balance beam, a 13.7 on the uneven bars and a 6.5 (only two competitors) on floor exercise.

Junior captains Victoria Gerardi (6.8) and Ellen Hoover (6.5) did well on vault. Hoover (18.1) and Gerardi (17.6) were the team's only all-around competitors. Both expect to improve and increase their level of skill difficulty.

Sophomore Nicole Arellano (5.5), seniors Jazmine D'Amato (5.4) and MacKenzie Curtin (5.3) and sophomore Raven Killinger (4.4) also competed on vault. Hoover had a 4.4 on beam and Gerardi tallied a 4.0 on bars.

"We did good for our first meet," Hoover said. "It was an introduction to the new kids and it's good to get back into it. Everybody is going to improve. By the end of the year, everyone will have a routine."

Gerardi said, "A lot of the girls were excited and nervous and were able to get their nerves out. It helps us see what we need to do to improve. Considering we have injuries and new girls, it was a good start to the season. We'll get better because we'll know what we'll have to work on."

Despite losing on the road to Fairfield Ludlowe (124.8) and Fairfield Warde (111.3) and dropping to 0-4 Tuesday, the Lady Rams improved in their second meet of the season by scoring a 73.5.

Hoover scored a 7.3 on vault, a 6.6 on bars, a 5.9 on beam and a 4.8 on floor. Gerardi also improved with a 7.0 on vault, 5.0 on bars, 5.5 on beam and 4.0 on floor. D'Amato improved with a 6.5 on vault and a 4.1 on beam.

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"As long as we can keep Isabella, Ellen and Victoria healthy, things will fall into place for us," Tomaselli said. "I'm very encouraged. They are a great team and work hard. We need to stay healthy and continue to work on our routines."