Aparicio beams up to New Englands and nationals with 4th place at open meet

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Sam Aparicio’s scores have risen on beam over the course of the post-season. Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation

GYMNASTICS

Updated 10:24pm March 6 Sam Aparicio has gone from back injury, to just being back, this post-season of championship meets.

Sam did an amazing routine, the best I’ve seen her do all season.

— Judy Zakim

She is still fighting the injury, but winning the personal battle that could have KO’d her from the start of the season, none more so, than coming in fourth at the State Open on beam at New Milford on Saturday.

“Sam did an amazing routine, the best I’ve seen her do all season,” said Wave coach Judy Zakim. “She has persevered through her injury and is ending her season and her gymnastic career on a high note.”

Aparicio competed on beam and scored a season-high of 9.35, and now qualifies for New Englands next weekend at Woodstock Academy.

The senior captain also qualifies for the High School National competition in Florida in May.

“Going into state opens this year, I wasn’t really expecting much since I was only competing on one event,” said Aparicio. “I think because I was so calm and there was much less pressure, since I was only doing one routine instead of four, I was able to compete a solid routine that received a score high enough to qualify me to New Englands.”

Sophomore Nikki Carlo competed on vault at the open, scoring 8.85 to tie for 15th and on floor she scored 8.75 to tie for 24th.

“Nikki had a solid meet as well,” Apparicio said. “She landed her vault well and had a really beautiful floor routine.”

Concentrating on what many consider the most treacherous object in the gym, beam, has given Aparicio the edge in finding her best score.

“I was competing the same routine I’ve been practicing for the past few months, so I think that consistency really helped my confidence,” she said.