Let it snow: Darien YMCA gymnasts find success at Snowflake Invitational
Bringing home a blizzard of awards from the annual Snowflake Invitational at the Wilton YMCA is becoming a habit for Darien YMCA gymnastics.
Fourteen gymnasts won individual All-Around (AA) titles for their level and age group and Levels 4 through 8 won team championships.
The Level 7 squad set the pace with a sweep of the team and AA titles. Kristie Alianiello was the AA champ in the 11-13 age group with a score of 36.40 and placed third on floor, fifth on beam and second on bars and vault, where she tied Julia Decsi. Decsi was also third AA and topped the podium on floor and beam where she tied Anna Primmer. Primmer vaulted to first with 9.5 and was second on floor and fourth all around.
Sofia Alarcon-Frias swung to fourth on bars and was third on beam, fifth on floor and sixth on vault and all around. Melina Cardini earned sixth on bars and fifth on floor while Lauren Smith was sixth on beam and fourth on floor.
Emma Neaderland topped the all around podium in the 14-15 age group with a 36.50 and was third on vault and bars, and second on beam and floor. Emma Kelly vaulted to first with 9.3 and was second on bars and all around and third on beam and floor where she tied Lucy Collins. Collins never wavered in winning beam with 9.4 and was second on vault, fifth on bars and third in the all around. Megan Mitchell flipped to first on floor with 9.4 and was sixth on vault and bars.
Lana Schmidt dominated the 16 and up group, taking first for all around, beam, floor and vault with a huge 9.6. Kerry McDermott placed second on both vault and beam.
Sofia DeStefano led the first place Level 8 team, topping the podium on vault, bars, beam and all around with 36.75 in the 12-13 age group. Abigail Nevin had four of a kind, taking second on bars, beam, floor and all around. Anna Moss vaulted to second.
Tori Ware took first on floor and all around in the 14-15 age group, placed third on bars and vault where she tied Saskia Chermayeff and also tied Sofia Iuteri for second on beam. Chermayeff soared to 9.5 to win bars and was fourth on beam, third on floor and second all around. Iuteri also placed fourth on vault, second on bars and floor and third all around. Olivia Perkins scored second on vault and Bella DeStefano was third.
Kaitlyn Moussignac was the vault champ in the 16s group with 9.35 and was fourth on beam and third on floor. Gianna Cardini was the sole Level 9 competitor, earning her top scores on vault and floor.
The third place Level 3 squad was led by Sabina Molnar, who won floor and all around with huge scores of 9.75 and 36.70 and earned fifth on bars and second on vault and beam in the 6-8 age group. Grace Creanza was the beam champ with 9.2 and was third on vault, fourth all around and sixth on bars and floor. Audrey Zuniga and Elsa Keehlwetter placed fifth and sixth on vault respectively.
Kate Whitticom swung to first on bars in the 9s group and placed fifth on vault and second on beam, floor and all around. Helli Jalakas vaulted to second and was sixth on bars and fourth on beam. Carrie Coughlin was champ on beam and all around in the 10s group and placed second on floor and third on vault and bars where she tied Nicole Recinos. Recinos also scored fourth on vault and beam. Isabelle Noel vaulted to sixth.
In the 11s group, Evelin Arreguin placed third on beam and vault and sixth on bars and all around. Elise DeGennaro scored seventh on vault and sixth on beam.
The champion Level 4 team was paced by Avery Hanson who swept the event and all around titles with a huge 37.65 in the 10s group. Molly Zengo took sixth on floor, second on vault bars and third all around. Lily Royce earned fourth on beam and was sixth on vault and all around. Hannah Reyna earned her meet high score on floor.
Jacquelyn Coppola topped the podium on vault, floor, all around and beam with a super 9.7 and was third on bars in the 8-9 group. Eve Calio swung to first on bars with 9.35 and was fourth on beam and floor and second on vault and all around.
Courtney Timmeny was fifth on vault, third all around and second on bars, floor and beam where she tied Taylor Davies. Davies also earned fifth on floor. Violet Peroni had a full house, taking third on beam, floor and vault and fourth on bars and all around. Anna Rogers scored sixth on vault and beam.
Tatum Jaroch was champ on beam in the 11s group with 9.45 and also fourth on bars, seventh on vault, sixth all around and fifth on floor where she tied Tanner Shanley. Shanley also tied Hannah Dudek for ninth on beam. Dudek took eighth on bars and vault where she tied Rhea Rai. Rai also took tenth on beam and floor. Shayna Moeller swung to third on bars and was fifth on beam, fourth on floor, tenth on vault and seventh all around. Kaia Woodman scored ninth on floor.
In the 12s group, Annelise Enters scored second on floor and third on bars, all around and vault where she tied Emma Bookless. Bookless was the beam champ with 9.3 and placed fifth on floor and all around. Ingrid Kerr took fourth on floor and vault and sixth on bars and all around. Jahnavi Orr earned her meet high score on floor.
Brook Wallace placed third on bars in the 13 and up group and champ on vault, floor, all around and beam where she shared the title with Olivea Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum was also third on vault and second on bars, floor and all around.
The first place Level 5 team was paced by Mina Leon who topped the podium in the 11s group for AA and all events including floor where she tied Stella Nehro with 9.5. Nehro was also third on vault, fourth on beam and second all around. Alexandra Kuras placed fifth on bars, fourth on vault and third on beam, floor and all around.
Kayla Koproski took a trio of titles in the 8-10 group, winning vault, floor and all around and placing second on bars. Tess Hennigan earned third on bars and beam and second on all around, vault where she tied Emily Rizzi and floor were she tied Ava Telgheder. Rizzi was steady to score 9.6 for first on beam and was third on floor and all around. Telgheder also vaulted to third and Olivia Davis took second on beam.
Elsa Del Bene swung to third on bars, placed fourth on floor and all around. fifth on beam and sixth on vault. Madeleine McGivney scored second on both bars and beam while Katie Primmer earned fifth on vault.
Reilly Costello was champ on vault, beam, floor and all around in the 12s group and fifth on bars. Isabella Koproski took second on vault, beam and all around and third on bars where she tied Penelope Arredondo. Arredondo was also third on beam and all around fourth on floor and tied Sofia Geffner for fifth on vault. Geffner also scored fifth on beam.
Chloe Sernick captured first on beam and floor in the 13 and up group and was second on vault and fourth all around. Mia Macdonald took fourth on both vault and bars while Alex Decsi was third on vault.
The team champ Level 6 squad was led by Alexa Bell, who captured the vault and floor titles with 9.2 and 9.85 in the 12-13 group and was third on bars and second on beam and all around. Ava Licata earned fifth on beam, fourth all around and second on bars and floor. Ali Kolman never wavered in winning beam with 9.3 and placed third on vault and fifth on floor and all around. Tanner Generoso scored second on vault and third on floor.
Ellie Davies captured the bars and beam titles with 9.0 and 9.45 in the 10-11 group and was third on floor and second all around. Emily McKee vaulted to third while Sophie Root took second on floor. In the 14 and up group, Sommer Schmidt scored fourth on vault and fifth on beam.