Warde, Ludlowe gymnasts to make history at State Open
Winter snow has postponed the Girls Gymnastics State Open Championship to Wednesday at 4 p.m. at New Milford High School.
The competition will bring together Connecticut’s Top 40 ranked gymnasts on vault, floor exercise, uneven bars and balance beam as well as the Top 20 on all-around.
The team component of the State Open consists of the schools who posted the top four team scores at the Class M, Class L and Class S meets held last Saturday at Jonathan Law High School.
The interesting twist is that the top three teams in the Class L meet (Greenwich, Ludlowe, Warde) along with Class S champ Woodstock Academy are the four State Open team qualifiers.
It is the first time that two schools (Ludlowe, Warde) from the same town (Fairfield) have qualified for the State Open team competition.
It is a win-win situation for the Falcons (Ludlowe) and the Mustangs (Warde) since both squads practice together at Gymnastics Cheer Academy in Fairfield. They also compete together at regular season meets to make FCIAC gymnastics scheduling easier.
“Although we compete against each other we really are more like one team,” said Ludlowe coach Kim Longobucco. “We practice together, share coaches, share bus rides and have pasta parties. Now we share a piece of Fairfield gymnastics history as well. This accomplishment has proven Fairfield is a great gymnastics town.”
Seven-time Class S champ Woodstock Academy scored 143.50 points to earn the Class S crown. Greenwich (137.950) earned its fourth consecutive Class L title.
Ludlowe amassed 136.80 points to be Class L runnerup. Warde (132.225) edged out Newtown (130.400) for third place in L.
The schools that was aced out of the Open team final was Wilton. The Warriors repeated as Class M champs but scored only 131.975 points.
Ironically, when Wilton faced Warde in the FCIAC regular season back on February 5, Wilton won the matchup, 139.5-132.8.
However, Jessica Olin will be part of the all-around standings while Lilly Byrnes, Sarah Collins and Carter Siegel will compete for Wilton in some individual events at the Open.
The Fairfield Warde gymnasts responsible for making history at the Class L meet were junior Tess Vincent (scored 8.9 or higher in three of four events), freshman Caroline Garrett (scored 8.4 or higher in all four events), senior Lauren Schuster (scored 7.9 or higher in two of her three events), sophomore Alexa Amster (scored 8.2 and 8.3 in two of her four events) and sophomore Lauren Voytek (7.35 on beam).
The Fairfield Ludlowe gymnasts who made history were sophomore Ava Mancini (8.7 or higher in three of her four events), senior Claire DeMaso (8.65, 9.05 in two of her three events), senior Georgia Sharpe (8.625 on vault), freshman Ava Golding (8.55, 8.4 in her two events),senior Olivia Hurst (8.7, 8.4 in her two events), sophomore Tara Chomienne (8.4 bars) and senior Evelyn Hogarth (8.7 floor, 8.3 bars).
“Practicing and competing together makes both teams stronger. It’s built-in competition and built-in support at the same time,” Ludlowe coach Longobucco said. “It’s fitting that one team wouldn’t continue its season without the other. We’re having a joint dinner party Friday because truthfully we are one town and one team.”