WA Gymnastics edges out AB on senior night

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In their final home meet before the upcoming DCL Championships, supporters of the WA Gymnastics team filled the bleachers to celebrate their seniors with a win against Acton-Boxborough on Monday, February 3, in the WA main gym. The 4 PM meet featured strong performances from the WA seniors, as well as underclassmen, and resulted in a 131.95-127.80 win for the Grey Ghosts.

WA began on the vault, with several solid numbers in the high 7s and low 8s. Though slightly hindered by an early fall, the girls ended strong on the apparatus with senior Jessica Gould’s posting of a strong 8.6. Meanwhile, AB looked confident on the uneven bars, featuring routines with several stuck landings.

The teams swapped events, as WA headed to the bars and AB to the vault. Though WA had a rough start with a fall by junior Charlotte LoConte, junior Erin Cragg, and freshmen Jenna Cafarelli and Megan Strzegowski all performed solid routines. However, a few excelled on bars, including Gould with an 8.0, sophomore Mina Kiefer with a 7.7, and sophomore Eleanor Cioffi with an 8.6.

As AB began warm-ups and routines on the floor, the WA girls continued to excel on the beam. Freshman Beverly Wang began the set with a 7.1, followed by senior Amanda Murphy’s 7.9. Gould continued her streak with an 8.4.

“It was one of my best meets,” Gould said.

Senior Trisha Chittu suffered a fall off the beam, but the team continued on strong in their final two performances on the beam by Cragg, and by Kiefer, whose routine earned an 8.6. WA’s consistent beam performances contrasted with AB’s, where the girls’ routines were upset by multiple falls, and therefore, severe deductions. The Grey Ghosts started off on the floor exercise, the final event, with a 6.85; however, the girls subsequently posted many high scores, including an 8.45 by Gould.

Following the conclusion of WA’s routines on the floor, their win was announced, commencing a senior night celebration which included a rap honoring the graduating class, Chittu, Breila O’Malley, Gould, and Murphy.

“The meet went very good,” Gould said. “…the team had a lot of fun.”