Darien gymnastics team claims second place at FCIAC Championships
The Darien gymnastics team maintained its seed and finished second at the FCIAC Championships Saturday.
Darien scored 131.95 points behind the leadership of senior captains Katherine Mosher and Katie Southworth at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, defeating third-place Fairfield Ludlowe (130.85) by 1.1 point. Wilton (138.6) repeated as FCIAC champs in the nine-team field.
"No complaints and we pulled it off," said Blue Wave coach Ellie Southworth, who is Katie's mother. "The performances were great, and the team was where it was supposed to be. There's no way we were going to catch Wilton. Katie and Katherine did very well."
Vault was Darien's best event where it scored 34.25 points, followed by the balance beam and floor exercise, where it scored identical 33.1s. The Blue Wave tallied a 31.5 on the uneven bars.
Mosher scored 34.4 points as an all-arounder, and finished second to Wilton's Chelsea Levander (37.75). Levander won all four events and was the FCIAC all-around champion for the third straight year.
"It feels great, and I couldn't be happier right now," Mosher said. "I did the best I could, and all of our hard work paid off. I had one of my best meets of the season."
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Katie Southworth (33.6) also medaled as an all-arounder and placed fifth.
"FCIACs is always a fun meet and I was glad to be there with my team and receive their support," Southworth said.
Mosher finished tied for second on vault (8.8) by sticking her tsuke-pike, which she ran well to the vault and stuck her landing.
"I stuck my first vault, and I was happy about it," Mosher said. "I've been working on it for a long time and it went well."
Southworth (8.6) and Gunn (8.55) medaled on vault by placing fourth and fifth, respectively.
"I had a lot of adrenaline going, and I gave everything I had," Southworth said. "It was my last event, and I put it all out there."
Beam was a microcosm of the meet with Mosher (8.8) and Southworth (8.5) medaling by placing second and fifth, respectively.
"Beam is surprisingly one of my more consistent events," Mosher said. "I worked hard to be consistent and stay on. I was happy with the end result."
Southworth said, "Beam took a lot of focus. I kept my eye on the prize, and it all worked out today."
Mosher medaled on floor (8.6) and bars (8.2) by placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
"It was one of my best routines," Mosher said. "I had trouble breathing, and I wasn't sure if I'd get through it, but I did. I made my tumbling passes, jump connections and leap series."
Southworth almost medaled on floor (8.5) and bars (8.0), finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. She was .05 short of reaching the podium on floor and .2 away on bars.
Gunn tallied an 8.1 on bars to place seventh, .1 shy of medaling. She scored an 8.2 on floor and a 7.65 on beam.
Chung's best event was vault (8.3), followed by beam (8.15), floor (7.8) and bars (7.2).
"I think the team did amazing, and I'm very happy with the results," Mosher said. The freshman were amazing, considering it was their first FCIAC meet, and one freshman [Gunn] placed on vault. Katie [Southworth] did a great job as well."
Katie Southworth said, "It feels great getting second, and everyone was so supportive. It's a young team, and everyone stepped up to the plate. I'm proud of everyone."