Darien gymnastics team sweeps home meet
The Blue Wave gymnastics team won at home for the second week in a row.
In a quad meet against New Canaan, Westhill and Stamford, Darien had the top team score with 125 followed by New Canaan at 110.55 and Westhill with 102.35. With just two gymnasts, Stamford was not eligible for a team score. Darien also had the top team score for every event.
Darien head coach Judy Zakim was pleased with the team’s performance.
“Although we were missing some key gymnasts, we still had one of our best scores,” Zakim said. “This is a testament to the depth of our team. We may be small but when necessary everyone is willing and able to step up and be there for their team.”
The Wave competed without injured standout Kerry McDermott and Lucy Collins and Maggie Russell.
Darien started on bars where senior tri-captain Lily Fairleigh again nailed her cut-catch release and high flying layout dismount to earn the top bars score of the entire meet. Freshman Megan Cutler swung to the second highest score and senior tri-captain Sofia Fea-Ruiz and junior Lana Schmidt also earned team points.
On vault in the second rotation, the team earned their highest event total with 33.95. Senior
tri-captain Nikki Carlo’s 8.95 for her tuck Tsuk vault was the top vault score of the meet. Lana Schmidt’s full twist vault earned 8.7 and both Fea-Ruiz and freshman Sommer Schmidt hit twisting vaults to add team points.
Sophomore Lauren Grandon returned to action after an injury with a lively new routine to start the Wave’s floor rotation. Lana Schmidt also debuted a new high energy floor routine to earn the Wave’s top score of 8.2. Carlo, Fea-Ruiz and Sommer Schmidt all hit their punch front combination tumbling passes to add to the team total.
Finishing on beam, Darien overcame several falls and posted solid scores. Carlo again earned the top score for the meet with 8.65 for her back walkover connections and huge leaps. Sommer Schmidt nailed her front walkover, adding difficulty to her routine. Cutler and Lana Schmidt were unfazed by early falls, completing their routines with grace and composure to add team points.
New Canaan’s senior captain Kaitlyn Moussignac earned the top All Around (AA) score for the meet with 31.90. Carlo was just behind at 31.2 and Lana Schmidt, Cutler and Fairleigh rounded out the top five AA.
“I continue to feel inspired by this hard-working group,” assistant coach Jessica McKinney said. “They’re led by the senior captains, Lily, Nikki and Sofia, who are refining and adding more difficult skills to their routines. Overall the Blue Wave gymnasts have become more consistent.”
“There is always room for improvement, so we still have work to do for our last two regular meets and FCIAC’s and States,” Zakim added. “But I am optimistic that our scores will continue to improve.”