Darien YMCA gymnasts triumph at state championship
The Darien YMCA gymnastics team brought home a shelf full of trophies for its new gym after competing at the Connecticut YMCA State Championship meet in Southington.
The combined house and travel team gymnasts captured the first place team trophies for Levels 6, 7, 8 and 9 and took second in Level 4 and 5.
Individual gymnasts winning all-around titles for their age group and level were Dillan Aysseh and Abby Gandini in Level 4, Lana Schmidt in Level 5, Elena Savas, Fiona Brock and Kaitlyn Moussignac in Level 6, Nicole Carlo and Kelsey Fedorko in Level 7 and Adnerys DeJesus in Level 9.
In addition to winning the Level 4 all-around (AA) title with a 37.7 in the 9-senior year age group, Aysseh placed first on vault, third on beam and fourth on floor and bars.
Lizzie Canelli was eighth on vault while Maisie Stewart had meet-high scores on vault and floor.
In the 9-junior age group, Charlotte Frank was second AA, fourth on vault, fifth on bars and won the beam and floor titles with scores of 9.4 and 9.85, respectively.
In the 8-year-old group, Kate Wolters was second in AA and bars, third on floor and fourth on vault and beam. Sommer Schmidt was the state champ on beam with a 9.425, third on bars, fifth on floor and fourth AA.
Megan Mitchell was fifth on vault and eighth on beam. Gandini won the floor and AA titles for the 11-year-olds with a 9.8 and 37.75, respectively, took 2nd on bars and beam and fourth on vault.
Kate Reeves placed third on beam, floor and AA and fifth on vault and bars. For the 12-and-over age group, Lilah Grant was third on bars and vault and fourth on floor and AA. Lindsey Wallach placed second on vault and floor and fifth AA.
While winning the Level 5 10-year-old age group AA title with a score of 36.3, Lana Schmidt also won the vault and beam titles and placed second on floor and tied for third on bars with Tess Keating. Keating was also third on vault, floor and AA and fourth on beam.
Stella Kaminsky was the state champ on floor with a score of 9.05, fourth on bars and fifth AA and tied for second on beam with Montana Osinski. Osinski was also second on bars and sixth AA. Christina Pizzani was second AA, third on bars and state champ for the 9-year-olds on vault and beam with scores of 9.05 and 9.2, respectively.
Dorothy Browning led the scoring for the 11-year-olds, placing second on vault and beam, third on floor and fourth AA. Alexa Carrero was third on vault, fourth on bars and sixth AA.
Emma Koerner was seventh on vault while Kerry McDermott earned her meet-high scores on vault and floor. For the 12-year-olds, Katie Weinberg was fourth on floor and seventh on beam while Lily Fairleigh was seventh on vault and eighth on bars.
Moussignac led the Level 6 scoring in the 10-11 age group, winning the AA with 36.1 along with the bars and vault titles and placing fourth on floor and fifth on beam.
Mackenzie Biele won the floor title with 9.0, took second AA and fourth on all other events. Gianna Cardini was fourth AA, tied for fourth on beam and second on vault. Octavia Molkenthin was fifth AA, second on floor and third on bars.
Juliana Jordao was the beam champ with an 8.875 and 3rd on vault. Emma Hunter was third on beam and floor and seventh AA. Elena Savas shone in the 12-year-old group, winning the AA (36.950), beam, floor and bars titles and taking second on vault.
Fiona Brock won the 13-14 years group with a 36.850 AA along with the vault, beam and floor titles, and was third on bars. Her twin sister, Aisling, was third AA, fourth on floor and second on vault and beam.
Laura Germishuys took second on bars and sixth AA. Emma Hinton was seventh AA and fourth on vault and bars. Jennie Spellman scored a 9.0 on beam for third place. Toni Cardini took fifth on floor and sixth on vault. Caitlin Spellman earned her meet-high scores on vault and beam.
With only three gymnasts, the Darien Level 7s outperformed all other teams to win the championship with a score of 110.55. Nicole Carlo swept the titles in all four events and won the AA with a score of 37.80 for the 8-11 year olds, including a 9.65 on bars. Kelsey Fedorko duplicated her accomplishment in the 12-year group, winning all events and the AA with a 37.65 and earning a 9.7 on bars.
In the 14-years group, Charlotte Henry was fourth on bars and AA and second on vault.
In Level 8, Kellie Arevalo was the bars champion for the 10-12 year group with a 9.65 and placed second in the other events and AA. In the 13-15 age group, Jessica Freiheit was second on vault and AA, third on floor and state champ on beam with a 9.2.
Samantha Karpenos was third on bars and vault while Perri Mirabile was second on floor and fourth on vault, bars and beam and fifth AA.
In the 16-and-over age group, Samantha Gunn was second on bars and AA, third on vault and floor and fourth on beam. Christina Brandt was the vault champ with a 9.2, fifth on floor and 5th AA. Lauren Medwid was eighth on vault.
As the sole competitor for Darien at Level 9, Adnerys DeJesus swept the titles, winning first place on all events, scoring an impressive 36.85 AA and brought home the team title as well.
Though there was no team competition for the Prep-Op Advanced level, Darien's gymnasts were outstanding. Marya Von Schmidt won the vault title with an 8.85 and placed second on bars and AA, third on floor and fourth on beam. Kajsa Lundeen placed third on vault, bars and AA and second on floor. Caroline Congdon was fifth on vault, bars, beam and floor. Emily Medwid was fifth on bars and sixth on vault.