Lady Cards finish gymnastics season strong at class L finals

Alexis Volanakis competes on the floor exercise during Greenwich High School’s FCIAC championship meet. — Scott Mullin photo

Alexis Volanakis competes on the floor exercise during Greenwich High School’s FCIAC championship meet. — Scott Mullin photo

Competing in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class L gymnastics championships, Greenwich High School finished the competition seventh overall with a combined score of 121.125.

Winning the class L championship was Southington High School, which finished with a score of 138.000. Not far behind was Glastonbury High School, which took the silver with 136.175 points.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School netted the third-place slot, picking up 131.825 points, and fellow FCIAC school Trumbull High School took fourth with a score of 131.200. Rounding out the top five was Newtown High School, which netted a score of 127.250.

“We had a wonderful meet,” Greenwich head coach Sue Knight said. “We scored our highest team score for the season, which is really nice to do in a state meet and a nice way to end the season. Everybody contributed to the team’s high score, and a lot of girls got career or season best scores. It all came together at the state meet.”

Leading the way for the Lady Cardinals was Katherine McCaffrey, who netted an all-around score of 32.800. Her high score was on the uneven bars, as she took home a score of 8.550. In close second was her performance on the beam, grabbing a score of 8.400. On floor exercise McCaffrey finished with a 7.950, and she grabbed a 7.900 on the vault.

Also faring well all-around was Tori Mann, who finished with a score of 31.325. Mann’s best performance was also on the uneven bars, where she grabbed a score of 8.125. On the floor, Mann finished with a score of 8.000 and also took a 7.800 on the vault. Mann rounded out her day with a score of 7.400 on the beam.

Big Red’s Emily Clarke also competed in all four events during the CIAC class L finals. Clarke had a stellar performance on the vault, tying teammate Ellen Hebrand with a team-high score of 8.250. On floor, Clarke picked up a score of 7.600 and was strong on the beam with a score of 6.550. During the uneven bars, Clarke finished with a score of 6.000.

The Lady Cardinals also had a few finishers in other events who picked up key team points. Hannah Klein competed in two events during the class L finals. On uneven bars Klein finished with a score of 7.000 and during the floor exercise she finished with a 6.800.

Not to be outdone was Bryony Brock, who competed on the beam and finished with a score of 6.550.

“This was definitely a successful season,” Knight said. “I consider any season successful if no one get seriously hurt and everybody improves. That’s what happened here this year and that’s why I think it was a great season.”

Overall, Knight said, this season was a complete success, as Greenwich finished 20th in the state for gymnastics. Not only did it reach the top 20, but it also improved significantly after every meet. During the first meet of the season, Big Red came away with the victory, but scored 114.75 points. Although there were some bumps in the road along the way, Greenwich improved and finished its final meet of the season with a score that was over 120.

“We started the season in December, so to finish up with a 121.125 was great,” Knight said. “We had a couple of low-scoring meets throughout the season, but that was because people were out sick or they were injured. It wasn’t from a lack of effort. These girls were great and it’s nice that it all came together at the end.”

Once the class L meet concluded, GHS seniors Clarke, Victoria Houson, Brock, and Alice Statham finished their careers with the Cardinals.

“It was nice for them to end the season so strong,” Knight said. “They were a hard-working group, and seeing them get better throughout the season was great.”

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