Local gymnasts shine at state meet – Lowell Sun


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TEWKSBURY — A handful of local gymnasts did extremely well during Monday’s all-around and individual state gymnastics meet held Monday at Tewksbury Memorial High School.
Westford Academy’s Maggie Murphy finished eighth in the all-around competition, placing the highest out of the Grey Ghosts’ trio of Ellie Cioffi (22nd) and Mina Kiefer (37th).
“Maggie had a great meet. All three of the our girls did. I am proud of them for going out there and doing their best. Maggie’s vault has a lot of power, (and we are) very excited that she placed second on vault and eighth all-around especially as a sophomore,” said WA coach Stephanie Coburn.
For Murphy, her day included finishing second on the vault with a 9.60, 10th on the floor exercise at 9.3, tied for 12th on the beam at 8.90 and tied for 15th on the bars at 8.750.
“Overall I am really happy with how I did. Obviously I had some mishaps but I still had a positive mindset and had fun,” said Murphy. “I feel really happy about my placements. I was not expecting to place because so many girls did really well. It feels good to represent my school.”
Tewksbury High junior Amanda Ogden finishing 18th in the with a 35.550 score, including finishing ninth on the floor with a 9.375.
“This is a really hard meet with all level nine and ten (club gymnasts),” she said. “It’s just unbelievable and everyone is just super, super good. I’m really proud of myself but everyone is just so good here. It’s just crazy that I’m competing against girls like this who are this good and who will all probably go somewhere really, really good for college.”
Lowell’s Sam Bartlett, a freshman, finished 20th, which included finishing in a tie for eighth in the floor event with a 9.4. Teammate Malina Yim was tied for 26th, while Groton-Dunstable’s Nina Scaramucci was 31st and Charlotte Woodbury was 33rd.
In the individual competition, the first-year co-op team of Wilmington/Bedford all but cleaned house. Junior Alexa Graziano was the state champion on the bars with a 9.10 score and she was also second on the beam at 8.875, eighth on the floor at 9.050 and tied for 10th on the vault at 9.125. Teammate Emily Provst was second on the bars at 8.950, tied for fifth on the vault at 9.125 and tied for 13th on the floor at 8.80.
Also, Sasha Wintner was seventh on the floor at 9.075 and eighth on the beam at 8.675 and Mikayla Comeiro was tied for 11th on the floor at 8.825.
“The inaugural season is turning into a fairy tale. We have qualified as a team for the North sectional competition being held on Saturday and today we are so proud of the four girls who qualified for the individual state meet,” said head coach Kristen Hannon. “We can now officially say that we have a state bar champion. We couldn’t ask these girls to do anything more than what they’re doing. They’re making a name for the team and themselves. We are just so proud of everything they and the team have accomplished this season.”
Chelmsford’s Emma Donovan who was fourth on the bars at 8.775 and tied for 13th on the floor at 8.80 and Tewksbury High senior Bella Schille was fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.2 .
Groton-Dunstable’s Sammy Diforte was seventh on the bars at 8.575 and 14th on the vault at 9.0 and her teammates Dani Stanton and Saa Collins both finished 23rd in the bars and vault with respective scores of 7.80 and 8.25.

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