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Gunn on top at home opening meet

Darien 121, Westhill 90.7, New Canaan 84.75

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Sophomore Sam Gunn should make a lot of noise this season. (Photo courtesy of Darien Athletic Foundation)

GYMNASTICS

Led by Sam Gunn, Darien scored 121 points to sweep its first FCIAC meet of 2013 at its bright new YMCA home on Saturday.

Westhill scored 90.7 and New Canaan 84.75.

Gunn scored 32.100 for first place all around.

And Gunn going off was hardly a surprise.

“The big talent to watch this year is sophomore Samantha Gunn,” said Wave gymnastics coach Ellie Southworth. “She is now a level 8/9 travel gymnast for the Darien YMCA and is (talented).”

Kajsa Lundeen was next with 30.250.

“Sophomore Kajsa Lundeen is also a powerful force, improving her skills tremendously over the last year,” Southworth said. “We will get big numbers from her on floor and vault.”

Wave results

— Gunn scored 32.100 all around, 8.400 bars, 7.100 beam, 8.300 floor, 8.300 vault

— Lundeen scored 30.250 all around, 6.650 bars, 7.900 beam, 7.800 floor, 7.900 vault

— Caroline Congdon scored 28.950 all around, 6.450 bars, 7.100 beam, 7.900 floor and 7.500 vault

— Julia Murray scored 28.900 all around, 7.000 bars, 6.700 beam, 7.600 floor, 7.600 vault

— Sara Petti scored 24.300 all around, 4.200 bars, 6.100 beam, 6.800 floor, 7.200 vault

— Marya Von Schmidt scored 27.550 all around, 7.100 bars, 5.400 beam, 7.400 floor, 7.650 vault

Caroline Congdon, our senior captain is strong on beam and floor,” said Southworth. “Marya von Schmidt, a senior co-captain, is strong on bars and vault and has good potential to score well on floor.”

Sophomore Julia Murray is a solid and consistent all around gymnast who has improved from last year and continues to grow as a reliable competitor who adds to the team score, according to the coach.

“Sophomore Sara Petti is also continuing to improve and polishing her skills in the all around,” Southworth added.

Darien lost two to graduation — Katie Southworth and Katherine Mosher — both leaders and high scorers for years on end, but the Wave has put two freshmen on board who are for now out with injuries.

“So we have a small squad of seven gymnasts who can compete at the moment,” said Southworth. “I am hopeful to be in the top three at FCIACs.”

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