FCIAC Gymnatics Championships: Greenwich defends title
MILFORD — With Adnerys De Jesus executing a virtuoso performance in each event and Kelsey Fedorko registering four second-place finishes, the Greenwich High School gymnastics team exited Saturday’s FCIAC Championships with the same object in its possession as last year — the team championship plaque.
Like last season’s championship meet, the multi-talented De Jesus won every event for the Cardinals, who with their lineup intact for the first time this winter, earned a sweet repeat before a big crowd at Jonathan Law High School.
Displaying its depth, Greenwich earned a team score of 143.25 to claim its second straight FCIAC title and fourth overall. Trumbull was the runnerup with 138.55 team points, followed by Darien (133.35), Fairfield Ludlowe (132.80) and Wilton (131.45).
“We have worked so hard for this,” De Jesus said. “Our team has had a couple of injuries throughout the year, but we made sure when we got here we would defend the title. We wanted it so badly.”
Said GHS coach Sue Knight: “Today was the first day back with our top four girls. Between injury or illness we have been missing one of the girls all year long here or there. Today, we came together and they did a wonderful job.”
“We’ve had kind of a rough season with some injuries, so it’s amazing that we won again,” said Freiheit, the Cardinals senior captain, who posted the ninth-best all-around score (33.45) “We’re just really happy we were able to find our title at this meet, where all the other teams did amazing too.”
Trumbull also made its mark, improving on last season’s fifth-place finish.
“We came in here with a lot of energy and went out there and did our best,” Trumbull coach Celina Huber said. “Overall, we did really well. Now we are going to train hard the next two weeks and be ready for states.”
Greenwich began the meet on the vault and De Jesus garnered the first-place medal in the event with a score of 9.75. Fedorko, Trumbull’s Samantha Markland and Kate Burns tied for second (9.1), followed by Natalie Smerling of the Golden Eagles (9.05) and Cardini (8.95). Tess Vincent of Warde and Meredith Nash from Wilton tied for fifth (8.8). Freiheit recorded a sixth-place finish (8.75).
“I was pretty nervous at first, knowing we had to go up against Trumbull, but I told the girls to relax and act like it was any other meet,” De Jesus said. “Just relax and have fun —that’s what we focused on doing.”
The uneven bars saw De Jesus take first with a score of 9.5. Fedorko had a second-place finish (9.1) and Markland took third (9.0).
“I’m very proud of our whole team,” Fedorko said. “This meet is definitely very stressful, but you try to take all the stress and put it out on the events. Winning the FCIAC title is something we take pride in. I can’t believe it’s been two years in a row.”
Darien sophomore Nicole Carlo (8.8), Smerling (8.7) and Freiheit (8.7) were third-sixth, respectively, on the bars. De Jesus won the challenging balance beam event (9.55), while Fedorko finished second (9.15) and Carlo placed third (8.8). Markland and Darien senior Samantha Aparicio tied for fourth (8.75), Smerling was fifth (8.7) and Cardini finished sixth (8.6).
“We really cheered each other on a lot, which was important because there were a lot of great girls here, so we had to make sure we had the motivation and confidence to compete,” said Cardini, a sophomore.
In the floor exercise, De Jesus dazzled the crowd with her impressive routine, earning a score of 9.6.
“The floor is always fun for me and I was able to pull through with a 9.6,” De Jesus said. “Trumbull has a really good team and they did awesome today. But (we) did a great job too and managed to win it.”
Added Knight: Adnerys was perfect as usual, flying through the air so high. Kelsey had a great meet, as did Gianna and Jess — they all did so well.”
Fedorko was second in the floor exercise, while Markland and Carlo tied for third and Cardini took fifth. Up next for the Cardinals is the CIAC Class L Championships. Last season saw the Cards capture the crown for the first time ever.
“Hopefully, we’ll defend our title,” Freiheit said. “This was a good meet for us and now we are back in full force. We’re going to make some improvements and upgrade some of our skills the next couple of weeks.”
FCIAC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Jonathan Law High School
Team standings and key
1. Greenwich (G) 143.250; 2. Trumbull (T) 138.550; 3. Darien (D) 133.350; 4. Fairfield Ludlowe (FL) 132.800; 5. Wilton (W) 131.150; 6. Staples (S) 123.00; 7. Fairfield Warde (FW) 120.750; 8. New Canaan (NC) 117.300; 9. Westhill 81.100
Vault - 1. Adnerys De Jesus (G) 9.75; 2. Kelsey Fedorko (G), Samantha Markland (T), Kate Burns (T); 3. Natalie Smerling (T) 9.05; 4. Gianna Cardini (G) 8.95; 5. Tess Vincent (FW) 8.8; 6. Jessica Freiheit (G) 8.75. Uneven bars - 1. Adnerys De Jesus (G) 9.5; 2. Kelsey Fedorko (G) 9.1; 3. Samantha Markland (T) 9.0; 4. Nicole Caro (D) 8.8; 5. Natalie Smerling (T) 8.75; 6. Jessica Freiheit (G) 8.7; Balance beam - 1. Adnerys De Jesus (G) 9.55; 2. Kelsey Fedorko (G) 9.15; 3. Nicole Caro (D) 8.8; 4. Samantha Markland (T) 8.75; 5. Natalie Smerling (T) 8.7; 6. Gianna Cardini (G) 8.6; Floor exercise - 1. Adnerys De Jesus (G) 9.6; 2. Kesley Fedorko (G) 9.1; 3. Samantha Markland (T) 9.0; 4. Olivia Hurst (FL) 8.9; 5. Gianna Cardini (G) 8.8, Ashleigh Johnson (T) 8.8; 6. Kate Burns (T) 8.7. All-around - 1. Adnerys De Jesus (G) 38.400; 2 Kelsey Fedorko (G) 36.450; 3. Samantha Markland (T) 35.850; 4. Nicole Caro (D) 35.250; 5. Natalie Smerling (T) 35.100; 6. Gianna Cardini (G) 34.750.