Westford gymnasts leave no doubt at New England Championships – Lowell Sun


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A couple of local gymnasts and one team enjoyed great success in the 26th annual New England High School Gymnastics Championship Meet held Saturday at Fairfield Warde High School.

Westford Academy sophomore Maggie Murphy polished off her sensational season by finishing fifth in the all-around competition with a total score of 37.800. She was third on the vault with a near perfect score of 9.8, was tied for third on the bars at 9.650, was seventh on the floor exercise (9.350) and was tied for 15th on the bars at 9.0.

“Overall I had an amazing experience at New Englands with my teammates Ellie (Cioffi) and Mina (Kiefer),” said Murphy. “I’m happy to have placed fifth with all of the other great gymnasts. I also want to thank my incredible coaches for being there and helping me throughout the season. I can’t wait for next year.”

Cioffi ended up 19th in the all-around with her score of 35.750. She was ninth on the balance beam at 9.40, tied for 20th on the bars at 8.850, tied for 31st on the floor at 8.9 and was tied for 53rd on the vault at 8.6.

Kiefer participated in the bars and scored an 8.0 to finish in a tie for 69th place.

The Pelham, New Hampshire team had two representatives as Gabrielle Minuti tied for 31st place on the bars scoring an 8.725 and Allison Hardy finished in a tie for 83rd place on the floor exercise with an 8.1 score.

On the team side, the Co-Op team of Groton-Dunstable/Concord-Carlisle/North Middlesex/Littleton finished in fifth place, scoring a whopping 141.375 points, a big improvement from taking seventh at the state meet.

“This team is a pleasure to coach in every way,” said head coach Bill Kane. “They are talented and hardworking, but more importantly they are kind and supportive of each other and other teams.  They are truly a spectacular combination and we can’t wait until next season.”

Charlotte Woodbury had an outstanding day to lead the way as she placed tenth in the all-around competition with a 36.50 score. Among her highlights included finishing in a tie for third place on the bars with an excellent 9.025 score, while she was tied for 21st on the beam at 9.10, tied for 27th on the vault at 9.0 and tied for 31st on the floor at 8.90.

“I’m so proud to have been a part of such an amazing team,” she said. “Having such a great meet to finish this season was the perfect way to cap this year.”

Her teammate Nina Scaramucci finished in a tie for 27th place in the all-around with a solid 35.0 score, which included hitting an 8.950 on the floor and vault, an 8.7 on the bars and an 8.40 on the beam.

Also putting up big numbers on the bars for the Co-Op team were Sammy Difonte (9.025), Dani Stanton (8.650), Dova Koretsky (8.475) and Ellie Petros (7.90). The team was bolstered on the beam by Ryenne Barros (8.550), Michelle Chu (8.550), Stanton (8.4) and Ellie Apagian (8.350). Hitting high marks on the vault were Difonte (8.850), Sara Collins (8.6), Annalise Marr (8.350) and Petros (8.30).  Finishing up on the floor were Difone (8.6), Barros (8.5) and Collins (8.1), capping a highly successful afternoon.

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