DARIEN, Conn. – The Darien YMCA gymnasts took on more than 1,000 competitors with great success at the 2016 YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championship held last month in Manchester, N.H.
The Level 3s and 5s won Team Championships and nine gymnasts won individual All Around (AA) titles for their age group and level. The Level 3 gymnasts bested 32 teams to win the team championship. Abby O’Brien led the team with a stunning team-high 38.30 AA to top the 10A age group, as well as placing first on bars and second on vault, beam and floor.
10B group :
Tanner Generoso – second on bars and AA, third on vault and floor and fourth on beam
Bowen Burns – sixth on vault and fifth on floor in the 10C group
Anna Altier won with 37.275 AA, took the floor title with 9.75 and was second on bars and beam
Sydney Berk – third on bars and vault, eighth on floor and fourth AA
Sophia Geffner – third on floor, seventh on bars and tenth on beam
Ava Licata – third on vault, fifth on bars, sixth on floor, eighth on beam and fourth AA
Annelise Enters – 10th on bars and ninth on floor
11B group :
Brianna Barrientos was the champ on beam and AA with 36.775 and placed third on vault, second on bars and sixth on floor
Carly Cambareri – seventh on vault
Theodora Tertiropoulos – 10th on floor
11A group :
Kira McCreesh took fourth on vault.
Sophie Root was the beam champ with 9.7 and placed fourth on vault, seventh on bars and second AA
Elsa Del Bene –floor title with 9.35, sixth on vault, fifth on beam and fourth AA
Alexandra Kuras – bronze medal in vault
Ellie Davies – first on floor with 9.65 and was second on bars, fifth on beam and third AA
Katie Primmer – fourth on bars and seventh on vault
Stephanie Carillo – second on bars and sixth on floor
13 and up group:
Meredith Marra – fourth on beam
Also contributing to the Level 3 team’s success were Anastasia Buchesky, Julia Holmes, Alannah Morris, Isabella Woodring, Ciara Bresnahan, Alexandra Decsi and Amelia Kuhn.
The Darien Level 4s took fourth in the team competition. In the 9s group, Lauren Smith was the floor champ with 9.5 as well as second on vault. Julia Decsi took second on beam, fourth on floor and fifth on vault. Ali Kolman earned sixth on floor and eighth on beam.
Alexia Buchesky’s meet high score was on floor
Iris West – seventh in vault
10B group :
Anna Primmer took third on floor, fifth on bars and beam and fourth AA
Olivia Perkins – second on beam, fourth AA, ninth on vault and eighth on floor and bars
Sofia Imbrogno – silver in vault
Sofia Iuteri took 10th on vault, fifth on bars, second on beam and floor and third AA
Grace Nash – meet high score on beam
Melanie Vernal – eighth on vault, bars and beam
Tetyana Banaryk – fifth on bars
Sophia DeStefano led the Level 5 team champs, winning the titles on vault, beam with a 9.575 and AA with 37.45 as well as bronze on floor in the 10 and under age group. Nadia Borja was champ on bars and floor with 9.7 and 9.5 and second on vault and AA. Abigail Nevin took seventh on vault, fourth on beam and fifth on bars and AA. Anna Moss placed sixth on beam and fourth on floor while Melina Cardini was fifth on vault and beam.
Isabella DeStefano – third on vault, beam and floor and fifth AA
Saskia Chermayeff won the beam title with 9.6, took fourth on vault, sixth AA and tied Gabriela Pye for fifth on floor. Gabriela was also fifth on bars and beam.
Caterina Pye – sprung to fifth on vault and fourth on floor
Emma Kelly – second on beam
Megan Mitchell – seventh on floor
Audrey Ridder – meet high score on vault
Nima Rahbar – high score was on floor
Emma Neaderland –first on beam with 9.6, as well as vault, floor and AA
Lucy Collins – sixth on bars, third on beam, second on floor and fourth on vault and AA in 12A
Tori Ware led the second place Level 6 team, taking gold on vault, bars and beam with 9.575 and AA (37.15) as well as third on floor in the 11 years group. Kate Wolters earned fifth on beam and Sommer Schmidt was sixth on floor.
Kerry McDermott was the AA and bars champ and took fifth on vault. In the 15 and up group, Sofia Fea placed third on bars and beam and second on all other events and AA.
Lindsay Hall – fourth on vault, third on floor and sixth on beam
Holly McGoldrick – fifth on floor, sixth on bars and seventh on beam
Dillan Aysseh – third on bars, seventh on floor and fifth on vault
Christina Pizzani and Lizzie Canelli both earned their meet high scores on floor.
With just four gymnasts, the Level 7 team was still able to take fifth in the team competition.
15 and up group:
Kellie Arevalo –vault title with 9.575, sixth on floor, third on bars and second on beam and AA.
Lana Schmidt – beam champ, third on vault and floor and second AA
Tess Keating – third on beam
Dorothy Browning –sixth on beam and fourth on floor
The Level 8 team was paced by Nikki Carlo who won gold on beam with 9.225 and placed third on vault, fourth on bars and second AA in the 14 and under group. Gianna Cardini took fourth on vault, sixth on bars and second on beam. In the 17-18 group, Fiona Brock was the beam champ with 9.075 while twin sister Aisling took sixth on beam and fourth on floor. Kelsey Fedorko was the AA champ for the Level 9 age 16 and under group, also winning the floor and beam titles with 9.15 and 9.3 and placing second on vault.
In the 17 and up group, Jessica Freiheit soared to the vault title with 9.125, placed second on bars and third AA. As the sole Level 10 competitor in the meet, Adnerys DeJesus swept the titles, scoring 9.6 on vault and 37.20 AA.
The team will compete next at the YMCA National Championships in Long Beach, California. Darien is the defending national champion.
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