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CLASS L GYMNASTICS Greenwich wins 4th straight title

February 24, 2019

MILFORD — In an afternoon full of numbers, the numeral that meant the most to the Greenwich High School girls gymnastics team was four.

As in the Cardinals earned their fourth consecutive Class L championship team title Saturday at Jonathan Law High gym.

“It is an amazing accomplishment,” Greenwich senior Kelsey Fedorko said. “Everybody was aware and responded with our highest team score of the season. I’m so proud of this entire team. We are all so proud to be able to say we’ve won four Class L team titles in a row.”

Greenwich finished the eight-school competition with 137.950 points. Ludlowe captured the runner-up slot with 136.80 points.

“We see Greenwich so often. They are such a good team. But it’s a nice rivalry,” Ludlowe coach Kim Longobucco said. “Our girls did a great job. I think we qualified for the State Open as a team. We want to keep the season going and see if we can get to the New Englands.”

Warde (132.225) was third followed by Newtown (130.40), Glastonbury (129.80) and Trumbull (129.025). Staples (124.825) was 7th ahead of Southington (119.825).

“We were ranked No. 5 coming in so third place is great,” Warde coach Darcy Reihl said. “It’s a good achievement. And we are a young squad so the future is bright.”

“We just missed out on third place. The girls worked so hard. We consider it a great season,” Newtown coach Kim Kane said. “We graduate just one senior from our starting lineup. So next year will be really exciting. I’m happy that (Allyson Kenny, Hannah Jojo) are going to the State Open for individual events.”

But they couldn’t overcome the champion. Greenwich High.

“I’m so happy for the seniors (Fedorko, Elizabeth Marino, Gianna Cardini, Syrah Perrin), This is a perfect win for them,” Greenwich’s veteran coach Sue Knight said. “For me, every meet is a nailbiter. But the girls pulled it off.”

Greenwich was able to continue its postseason domination despite the graduation of the fabulous Adnerys DeJesus.

“Adnerys was a big part of last year’s success. For Fedorko, Cardini and Marino, this title is part of their time to shine,” Knight said. “All the work the girls have done the last few months is paying off now. It shows in their confidence.”

The top four team scores from Saturday’s Class M, Class L and Class S meets qualify to compete in next Saturday’s State Open Championship at New Milford High School.

Although no medals are given for individual achievement at the Class M, Class L and Class S meets, there were a number of significant performances to highlight.

Trumbull senior Merritt Stevenson was top score (9.5) on vaulting thanks to executing the exciting double flip (yurchenko) move. Stevenson was also runner-up on beam (9.05).

“I’ve expanded my skills on vault and beam,” Stevenson said. “I’m excited about the possibilities at the State Open and possibly the New Englands.”

Fedorko (9.60) had the best score by .55 on floor exercise. She also scored 8.90 on uneven bars to edge Ludlowe’s Ava Mancini (8.875).

Tess Vincent of Warde (9.1) was top score on beam.

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CLASS L CHAMPIONSHIP

(at Jonathan Law HS, Milford)

Team Scores: 1, Greenwich 137.95 points; 2, Ludlowe 136.8; 3, Warde 132.225; 4, Newtown 130.4; 5, Glastonbury 129.8; 6, Trumbull 129.025; 7, Staples 124.825; 8, Southington 119.825.

Top 3 Individuals (No medals awarded for individual events)

Vault: 1, Merritt Stevenson (Trumbull) 9.5; 2, Kelsey Fedorko (Greenwich) 9.4; 3, Ava Mancini (Ludlowe) 9.3.

Bars: 1, Kelsey Fedorko (Greenwich) 8.90; 2, Ava Mancini (Ludlowe) 8.875; 3, Hannah Jojo (Newtown) 8.75.

Beam: 1, Tess Vincent (Warde) 9.1; 2, Merritt Stevenson (Trumbull) 9.05; 3, Kelsey Fedorko (Gr) 9.0.

Floor Exercise: 1, Kelsey Fedorko (Gr) 9.60; 2, (tie) Claire Demaso (Ludlowe), Emily Graef (Glastonbury) 9.05; 3 (tie), Gianna Cardini (Greenwich), Allyson Kenny (Newtown) 9.0.