WA Gymnastics’ first meet begins the season with a loss

Julianna St. Paul, Staff Writer

Westford Academy Girls’ Gymnastics competed in their home opener against Newton South on Thursday, January 16. The overall score for WA was 127.55 to Newton South’s 138.35, making WA lose the match up. 

During every gymnastics meet, there are four events: vault, uneven bars, beam, and floor. From each team, the top four scores are totaled from each event; then, the four events are totaled for the final team score. 

The first event was the vault. The highest scores in this event by WA were those posted by sophomore Mina Kiefer with an 8.5, and senior Jessica Gould with an 8.55. After this event, the teams were only apart by about two points.

The second event was the uneven bars, which put Westford in a larger deficit. Sophomore Eleanor Cioffi led her team in this event with a score of 7.5. Shortly behind her was Kiefer with 7.3.

Heading into the third event, beam, Westford trailed Newton South 62.35 to 70.05. Cioffi had the highest score from the WA team of 8.9. Kiefer had a close second score of 8.8.

In the fourth and final event floor, Kiefer had a strong routine with a score of 8.3 and Erin Cragg contributed 8.0 points. Along with the help of Gould and Cioffi, the total of this event was 31.6.

 Although, a solid performance by Westford gymnasts, they did not manage a victory. Both teams cheered with excitement when their teammates competed. After the meet was completed the teams exchanged handshakes.

“As a team, we did great on beam and only had one minor fall,” Eleanor Cioffi said. “Our bars could use a little work, but I think it was a great start to our season”.

Their next meet will be  January 27 against Cambridge Rindge & Latin.