Gymnasts are flirting with 140

Megan Walsh springs off the mat during her floor routine. Southington beat Farmington by more than 25 points.

Megan Walsh springs off the mat during her floor routine. Southington beat Farmington by more than 25 points.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights (6-0) emulated a repeat performance of last week’s meet by just missing their highest team score of the regular season by less than a point in a home win, over Farmington on Saturday, Jan. 30., 137.05-111.1. The Knights scored a season high of 137.8 in a home win against RHAM last week.

Rachel Williams (34.7) led Southington with the overall best all-around score, tying Taryn Meenan for the best score on floor (8.9) and contributing with second place finishes on bars and beam.

“Rachel looked really good on all four events tonight,” said Southington coach Kaitlyn O’Donnell. “She made her vault, so that was a big thing for us.”

Meenan (34.65) held the second best all-around score, finishing first on bars (8.6) and second on vault.

“Taryn stood out on all four events,” the coach said. “She’s starting to get healthy again, so she’s getting her stamina up. She looked great on all four events.”

Kayla Birmingham trailed Meenan with the third best all-around score, placing third on beam and floor, as well as tying Williams for third on vault.

Vicky Castillo continued to cement her mark in familiar territory, placing first on vault (9.05) and beam (8.9).

The Knights finished first as a team in all four events and only had one fall on beam. O’Donnell said that Kat Rothstein hit her bars routine for the first time this year, and Natalie Rickard performed on vault for the first time this year.

“We’re adding little things on floor and beam, trying to make it a little harder. We’re also trying to upgrade vault a little bit,” said O’Donnell. “But right now we’re at the point where we’re about a month out of states, so we’re just trying to clean up everything.”

O’Donnell said that she thinks her team has made huge progress to get to where they are at this point in the season.

“We went from started with a 132 to hitting a consistent 137,” the Knights coach said. “Five points in gymnastics is really big. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They’re putting in a lot of hard work. I think we still have bigger goals, but to be able to maintain this 137 puts us at a good point right now.”

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