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Flipping out: Gymnastics state qualifier
There was some unabashed awesomeness going on at the state qualifier at Mount Sinai High School. Behold, the article.
Things we learned:
1. Ward Melville's Cydney Crasa, who took a big spill and came back with big numbers, is a hefty competitor in pint-sized form.
2. Smithtown's Sarah Peters is tough. Like, a lot. She was scratched from the team championship because of the flu and, at the time, her coach told me she was super-questionable for the meet today. Before today's meet, she pretty much said she was feeling horribly and couldn't imagine competing anywhere but floor, since she hadn't as much as thought of practicing in two weeks. Then she kicked butt. Took names. That order. Read the story for full details or check out the scores below. It's a shame that, since she's an alternate, she likely won't compete in floor. She had a good number, but not high enough to qualify in her bread-and-butter event.
3. Bay Shore's Olivia O'Connor is flat breathtaking. I'm running out of adjectives. Floor routine: Flawless. Bars: Show-stopping. Beam: Steady. Vault: Awesome. She doesn't say much, but she's a cool customer. "I do well under pressure," she said. Yup. We know.
4. Commack's Alyssa Burns doesn't get too much attention because it's like we expect her to get here. She's a consistently stunning gymnast. She's also a tall-ish senior in a sport that favors young, teeny girls.
Scores! Scores! Scores!
Olivia O'Connor - 38.100
Alyssa Burns - 36.575
Cydney Crasa - 36.375
Alt - Sarah Peters - 36.375*
* Crasa and Peters tied but, since Crasa had the highest individual score on one event (her 9.625 on vault), she gets the third spot.
Tara Greco (Kings Park) - 9.325
Bari Padover (HHH) - 9.250
Paige Restivo (Whitman) - 9.175
Alt - Dana Passos (HHH) - 9.150
Mackenzie O'Connor (Bay Shore) - 9.025
Sarah Peters (Smithtown) - 8.775
Danielle Stansky (HHH) - 8.675
Alt - Michelle Mailard - 8.6
Sarah Peters (Smithtown) - 9.450
Ryanne Kudla (Islip) - 9.225
Samantha Lester (Connetquot) - 8.9
Alt - Tara Greco (Kings Park) - 8.8
Victorianna Castella (Whitman) - 9.425
Tara Greco (Kings Park) - 9.4
Alyssa O'Connor (Bay Shore) - 9.375
Alt - Michelle Mailard (SWR) - 9.350