Huntsman helps send Falcons to fifth in Class L state meet
Tying a ribbon around what had already been a very successful season, the Luldowe girls' gymnastics recently team placed fifth in the CIAC Class L championship meet at Pomperaug High School.
The Falcons scored 130.875 points, one of the team's highest point-totals of the season. Southington won the crown with 139.125 points with Norwich Free Academy (132.675), Glastonbury (131.900) and Trumbull (131.075) taking second through fourth, respectively.
"They did great. I was more than pleased with the way the meet went," Ludlowe head coach Kim Longobucco said. "We came in with an average of 130.7 and we were able to better that, we scored 130.8 and you always want to be at or above your average. That was a huge, huge accomplishment for the girls."
The Falcons were led by junior Nicole Huntsman, who finished third overall in the floor exercise, scoring a 9.200 while also scoring 8.850 in the vault, 8.000 on the uneven bars and 8.050 on the balance beam. Senior Jordan Feeney also competed in all four events, scoring 8.450 on the vault, 8.100 on the bars, 8.225 on the beam and 8.175 on the floor.
Before the Class L meet, Ludlowe finished third in the FCIAC championship was Huntsman finished second in the all-around competition with 35.15 points -- and that total included a deduction for a fall on the balance beam. She won the FCIAC floor exercise with a 9.5450 total.
"Nicole is our number one stand out girl," Longobucco said. "She easily is one of the top kids in the FCIAC."
That finish earned Huntsman a first-team all-FCIAC selection. Seymour was also named first-team all-FCIAC while Hill (bars, beam, floor), Feeney (all-around), Kane (vault, bars), Palmer (beam, vault) and junior Brooke McGoldrick (vault, beam, floor) were named to the second team. Senior Audrey Zullinger (floor) was an honorable mention selection.
"I'm very satisfied with the way the season went," Longobucco said. "The kids started off the year scoring in the 127's and then we consistently finished the season with our last four meets in the 130 range, so a three-point swing with all of the same kids is a pretty big improvement. It's a testament to the six seniors and their hard work and leadership."
And to the two captains, Seymour and Hill, who Longobucco called "unbelievable leaders" in the gym.
The final gymnastics meet of the season is the State Open this Saturday at New Milford High .