Gymnasts edge Glastonbury: Focus shifts to fine-tuning routines for the postseason

Vicky Castillo catapults over the vault during a win over Glastonbury on Feb. 6.

Vicky Castillo catapults over the vault during a win over Glastonbury on Feb. 6.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights (7-0) may not have had their best meet of the season on senior night at C.A.T.S. on Saturday, Feb. 6, but it was just enough to take down longtime rival Glastonbury, 136.75-133.3, and keep their undefeated streak intact.

Rachel Williams mounted the best overall all-around score (34.4), taking first on beam (9.1) and tying Kayla Birmingham for first on vault (8.9). Williams also finished third on floor.

Birmingham had one of her best meets of the season, finishing behind Williams with the second overall all-around score (34.25). Birmingham backed her all-around score with second-place finishes on floor and bars (tied Kat Rothstein), as well as posting a season-high mark with a third place finish on beam (8.8).

Taryn Meenan scored the fourth overall all-around score, placing first on bars (8.5) and floor (8.75) and second on vault.

Vicky Castillo contributed by finishing second on beam and fourth on vault.

The Knights finished first as a team on vault, beam, and floor, but fell short on bars by 0.75 points.

Taryn Meenan leaps between the bars during a win over Glastonbury.

Taryn Meenan leaps between the bars during a win over Glastonbury.

“We had a few, little mistakes here and there, but I thought we had a pretty good meet overall,” said Southington coach Kaitlyn O’Donnell. “It was senior night for us, so I think the girls wanted to do really well because it was their last home meet. We really wanted the seniors to really have a great meet and hit their events.”

The Knights finished the meet with one fall on bars and two falls on beam.

“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves because not only was it senior night, but it was our last league meet to determine the league championship. We have the goal of trying to get a certain score,” the coach said. “So it was a little bit of everything and we got a little ahead of ourselves. But for the most part, although it doesn’t reflect in our scores, we’re slowly improving and certain things are improving that I like.”

With one meet remaining in the regular season, O’Donnell said that they will work on fixing errors in different events, rather than adding more to their routines.

“Now, we’re just focusing on cleaning up the little things, like sticking our landings and staying on the beam,” said O’Donnell. “We’re also going to try to get in a lot of numbers the next couple of weeks.”

The Knights will wrap up their regular season with the Valentine Invitational at Farmington Valley Gymnastics in Plainville on Saturday, Feb. 13.

 

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