Sterling Gym Sends Seven Athletes to State Championships

March 29, 2019

STERLING -- What a month it’s been for Sterling Gym, which recently sent seven Junior Olympic Level 7 girls to the USA Gymnastics Massachusetts State Championships to compete against some of the best athletes in the state.

The results were even more impressive, as four of those gymnastics qualified to attend the upcoming regional championships in Springfield.

Representing Sterling Gym at the state meet on March 3 were Molly Claise, 12, of West Boylston; Chloe Cuff-Garbin, 12, of Leominster; Madeline DeCesare, 13, of Lunenburg; Olivia Kozloski, 15, of Leominster; team captain Emma Ladadio, 14, of Sterling; Julia McCahon, 14, of Leominster; Abby O’Toole, 14, of Shrewsbury; and Lily Tessmer, 14, of Leominster.

DeCesare finished first in her age group with a score of 37.6, placing third out of all 223 competitors at the state championships and landing her a spot on the 2019 Massachusetts State Team, which is made up of the top seven finishers at the meet.

DeCesare wend undefeated all season, taking first place in the all-around competition in every meet in which she competed. She will compete alongside six other top athletes from Massachusetts, representing their state at the regional level. The New England region is made up of teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

Claise, Cuff-Garbin and Kozloski each scored high enough to land spots on the Massachusetts All-Star Team. By finishing among the top 39 competitors at the state meet, the three also earned the right to compete at the regional championships.

Kozloski and McMahon also placed first all-round in their respective age groups. O’Toole earned a fifth-place finish, and Tessmer finished second in her age group, while also finishing first in the vault.

Landadio was unable to compete due to an injury, but showed the spirit of a team captain, supporting and encouraging hear teammates throughout the event.

As a team, Sterling Gym’s athletes finished fifth out of 34 squads at states.

The gymnasts are coached by USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic team coaches Michelle Carbone and Matt Carbone. The athletes train for more than 20 hours per week, year-round at Sterling Gym.

The Regional championships will be held April 6-7 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The event is open to the public and will showcase the strongest Level 7 and Level 8 gymnasts from across New England and New York.