Whenever a program must replace its all-time leading scorer, others must step up.
That's what the Fairfield Ludlowe High School gymnastics team is forced to do. For the first time since the 2007-08 season, the Falcons will be without Dani Pasquerelli.
"We're looking strong this year," Ludlowe coach Kim Longobucco said via email. "It will be tough to replace [Pasquerelli], but the returning girls have stepped up."
The Falcons placed third at the FCIAC meet a year ago thanks to Kindel, Palmer and Feeney's performances. Kindel was fourth in the league in all-around-- thanks to fourth-place finishes in beam and floor. Feeney was eighth in floor exercises.
The Falcons will look to freshman Nicole Huntsman as a key contributor, Longobucco thinks her talent can fill the void Pasquerelli's departure creates.
"She will be a definite all-around competitor and top-candidate in the FCIAC," Longobucco said.
The Falcons' goals are simple.
"We're looking forward to an injury-free, successful season," Longobucco said. "Our team goals are to improve our placements at FCIACs ... and quailify for the Class L meet and perform in the top-four."