Warde, Ludlowe gymnasts defeat Weston
It wasn't their best performances but the Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde gymnastics teams will take it. Ludlowe (119.75) and Warde (103.65) raised their records to 5-5 and 4-6, respectively (they didn't officially compete against each other) with victories at Weston (89.4).
"We did the best we could, considering we didn't have our best score," Falcons Coach Kim Longobucco said. "We didn't have everyone but it gave kids an opportunity to compete in events they don't normally compete in. Considering we didn't have everyone, we did well."
"We were missing Alexis but considering that, we did well," Warde Coach Darcy Appleby said.
The Falcons did their best on vault (31.1) and floor exercise (30.0). They scored a 29.45 on the uneven bars and a 29.2 on the balance beam. Similar to Ludlowe, the Mustangs did their best on vault (28.0) and floor (26.95). Warde tallied a 24.7 on beam and a 24 on bars.
Sophomore Dani Pasquarelli, who nursed an injury earlier in the season, led the Falcons as their top all-arounder by scoring a 32.15. Pasquarelli scored an 8.15 on bars and 8s on vault, beam and floor.
Ludlowe senior captain Kelly Geiling had an all-around score of 31.35 and had her best score on vault (8.25).
"Vault is one of my favorite events and I find myself comfortable on it," Geiling said.
Although vault was her highest score, Geiling was especially happy with her bars score (8.1) because it was one of her
highest score of the year on the event. She scored a 7.6 on floor and a 7.2 on beam.
"I worked on the little things in practice and staying focused in the meet helped," Geiling said.
Senior captain Noelle Block Lubin had an all-around score of 27.85 for the Falcons. Block-Lubin did her best on vault (7.5) and was consistent on floor (7.15), bars (6.8) and beam (6.4).
Senior captain Lindsey Phillips didn't fall once off of beam (7.6) and was consistent on floor (7.25) and bars (6.4). Freshmen Bri Del Franco, Genevieve McNamara and Holly Eichrodt also competed for Ludlowe. McNamara did well on vault (7.35) and bars (5.5), Eichrodt excelled on vault (7.3), floor (7.1)
and bars (6.1) and Del Franco was strong on vault (7.0).
"I think we did well today, considering we were missing some of our gymnasts," Geiling said. "We put people up in events they weren't familiar with and did our best."
Kelly led Warde with an all-around score of 29. She did her best on vault (7.6) and bars (7.4) and scored 7s on beam and floor.
"It wasn't my best but I'll take what I can," Kelly said. "I'll work on my mistakes in practice."
She was especially happy with her beam score. She said, "If I stayed on beam [one fall], I would have scored higher."
Junior captain Ali Kirsch had an all-around score of 24.75. Kirsch did well on vault (6.9) and floor (6.75) and held her own on beam (5.5).
Fellow junior captain Calli Fodor excelled on floor (6.8) and vault (6.2). Classmate Emily Zeisler had a 4.55 on bars and a 4.2 on beam. Sophomore Ji Young Anderson was graceful on floor (6.3) and steady on beam (5.8).
Freshman Sarah Zeisler continues to improve and it showed on vault (6.9) beam (6.4) and floor (6.4). She was especially pleased with her handspring vault, which she practiced a lot.
"I'm pretty happy with my scores but I have room for improvement," the younger Zeisler said. "I think I improved a lot and I'm happy with my success."