The Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde girls gymnastics teams earned the same team finishes in last Saturday's CIAC class championship meets at Pomperaug High School in Southbury that they had the year before. The Falcons were third of the eight teams that qualified for the Class L championships, and the Mustangs were fifth of the eight teams competing in the Class M meet.
No individual awards in each of the four events were given at the class championships. The competition was exclusively among teams.
Ludlowe is sending three gymnasts to the State Open this Saturday in New Milford, while Warde has placed two athletes. Qualification was based on regular-season scores.
For the Falcons, junior Perry Kindel has qualified for the State Open in the all-around, where she is seeded 17th of 20 competitors, the balance beam, in which she is No. 7 among 40 qualifiers, the vault (14th) and floor exercise (16th). Teammate Nicole Huntsman, a sophomore, has made the grade in the vault (18th) and floor (29th). Jordan Feeney, a Falcons' junior, is seeded 39th in the beam.
For the Mustangs, senior Tori Gallati is 24th in the beam. Junior Kathleen Pisciotta qualified 32nd on the bars and 38th on the floor.
At the 2013 State Open, in which there was team and individual competiton, Kindel tied for 10th on the uneven parallel bars and Huntsman tied for 30th. Huntsman placed in a tie for 38th on the floor.
In the Class L team competition on March 1, Ludlowe scored 133.45 for its third-place finish. Southington won with 138.375, followed by Trumbull, the FCIAC champion, second with 135.325.
The Falcons, who were FCIAC runners-up last month, had scored 131.825 in placing third in 2013. They barely edged Glastonbury for third this year, for the Tomahawks finished with 133.275, a mere 0.175 behind Ludlowe. Greenwich was fifth and Staples eighth.
The Falcons placed in a tie for second as a team on the vault -- with Kindel, Huntsman, junior Jocelyn Kane and junior Kate Palmer competing -- by scoring 35.1. They were third on the beam (33.15) with Kindel, Huntsman, Feeney and senior Anne Moeder; fifth on the bars (31.0) with Kindel, Huntsman, junior Charlotte Hill and junior Cate Seymour; and fifth on the floor (34.2) with Kindel, Huntsman, Feeney and Moeder.
Kindel's 9.2 on the vault was the third best score. She had the fourth highest scores on the bars (8.6), beam (9.2) and floor (9.0). Her all-around score, which wasn't compiled because there was no competition, was a 36.0. Huntsman's all-around would have been 33.175.
In the Class M competition, Warde scored 122.9 to place fifth. Hand won with 142.275, followed by Wilton (132.55), New Milford (130.625) and Darien (123.95).
The Mustangs, who were seventh a the FCIACs in February, had scored 128.9 in placing fifth in 2013.
The Mustangs placed fifth as a team on the bars (27.8) and floor (31.925). They were sixth on the vault (32.475) and beam (30.7). Gallati, Pisciotta and freshman Veronica Bennet competed in the vault and floor. Senior Kirstyn Lazor was the fourth Mustang on the vault; Gallati, Pisciotta, Lazor and senior Judith Klinga competed on the bars; Gallati, Pisciotta, sophomore Tess Shinbaum and Klinga competed on beam; Shinbaum was the fourth Warde gymnast on floor.
Gallati's 8.75 was the seventh highest score on beam. Her all-around score, if kept, would have been 32.55. Pisciotta's all-around was 32.575.