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Darien Gymnasts Win 5 Titles at Regional Meet

DARIEN, Conn. – Travel and house teams from Darien Y Gymnastics combined for five first places in seven levels at the YMCA Regional Championships in Glen Falls, N.Y. The competition attracted 30 teams.

One of the team's youngest gymnasts, 8-year-old Christina Pizzani, placed first overall among the Level 4 competitors, with a 37.5 all-around score. Teammates Elizabeth Canelli and Tam Hao Ngyuyen both placed 12th.

Nine-year-old Katie Asness finished third, Juliana Jordao sixth and Montana Osinski 12th with an 8.85 on floor.

In the 10-year-old age group, Hannah Knight took fifth place. Other contributors included Kerry McDermott, Alexa Carrero, Emma Williams and Emma Koerner.

Eleven-year-old Sophia Font and Lily Fairleigh finished in the top 10 on vault, scoring 9.025 and 8.85, respectively. Sophia Blue, 12, finished first on floor, while Caroline Kiesling finished 14th on beam.

More than 23 Level 5 gymnasts from the Darien Y qualified for the meet. Nine-year-old Octavia Molkenthin placed fourth overall. Lana Schmidt scored a 9.1 on floor for eighth and Tess Keating scored an 8.9 on vault for fifth.

Ten-year-old Annsley Martin, Ginna Cardini, Kaitlyn Moussignac and Emma Hunter took second, third, sixth and eighth, respectively, in the all-around competition. Other contributors included Tiffany Chan, Lucy Holzinger, Mackenzie Biele and Dorothy Browning.

Elana Savas finished first overall among the 11-year-olds, including a notable 9.65 on floor. Teammates Wren Stewart and Natalie Bravo finished fifth and eighth, respectively.

Twelve-year-old Emma Hinton's sixth place in the all-around competition included a notable 9.55 on beam. Other 12-year-old contributors included Jennie Spellman, Meredith McCuskey, Caitlin Spellman, Laura Germishuys, Lydia Groves and Toni Cardini.

Sisters Fiona and Aisling Brock took the top two spots in the 13-year-old age group, while Sarah Brindisi placed ninth.

Level 6 gymnasts Kellie Arevalo and Kelsey Fedorko completed the competition with the team's highest overall scores, 38.025 and 37.850, respectively. Quin Wolters and Isabel Hansen contributed with fourth and fifth place finishes overall. Teammate Tierney Schiff scored an impressive 9.35 on beam.

Nicole Carlo finished at the top of her 10-year-old age group, placing first on every apparatus and scoring an outstanding 9.675 on floor.

Charlotte Henry finished second among the 13-year-olds, scoring a 9.3 on vault.Kajsa Lundeen and Courtney Duker finished first and seventh overall in the 15-18 Intermediate Prep division.

Ellie Lufkin and Julia Murray finished fourth and seventh overall in the 13- and 14-year-old age group. Halie Metz and Emily Medwid finished in the top 10 on bars.

Samantha Gunn led the Level 7 gymnasts with a third place overall in the 15-year-old age group, while Perri Mirabile and Lauren Chung contributed sixth and seventh places, respectively, among the 14 year-old age group.

Level 8 gymnasts Adnerys DeJesus, Christina Crowell and Jessica Freiheit swept the competition with first, second and third place finishes overall in the 9-13-year-old age group.

Alissa Chan placed first on beam, while teammate Samantha Karpenos finished eighth on bars in the 14-15-year-old age group.

In the 16-18 age group, Hayley Holzinger won first on vault, and Lauren Medwid took second on beam and floor.

In the 14-16-year-old age group at Level 9, Perry Kindel finished first on vault and floor, while Stephanie Klokiw placed first overall, scoring 34.175.

Due to conflicts, injury and illness, the Darien Y gymnastics team missed several standout gymnasts during the competition, including Samantha Aparicio, Christina Brandt, Samantha D'Andrea, Maeve DeGulis, Charlotte Frank, Kelly Houston, Stella Kamensky, Elise Mercein, Mary Pat Murtagh, Alexandra Nason, Katherine Mosher, Jane Ogden and Kate Wolters.

Both the travel and house teams will compete at the YMCA National Championships in Milwaukee at the end of June.

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