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ALISON LAROCCA Ward Melville, Jr. LaRocca was a (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

ALISON LAROCCA
Ward Melville, Jr.
LaRocca was a steady force in Ward Melville's lineup all season. At states, she had the best finish among Long Island gymnasts on floor, taking fourth place with a 9.4. Her all-around score of 36.15 at the state-qualifying meet was good for second place in Suffolk, and her performance in the team championship meet helped propel Ward Melville to the title.

2012 All-Long Island gymnastics

Meet the 2012 All-Long Island gymnastics team.
By Ian Cutler

CYDNEY CRASA Long Island Gymnast of the Year
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CYDNEY CRASA
Long Island Gymnast of the Year
Ward Melville, 8th grade
Crasa was Suffolk's individual champion, winning all four events at the state-qualifying meet in just her second varsity season. In that meet, she broke her own county record on vault with a 9.675, landed a 9.625 on beam, a 9.500 on floor and a 9.125 on bars for an all-around score of 37.975. At the state championships, her 9.625 on vault tied for second and turned out to be the highest finish by a Long Island gymnast.

ALI BEZALEL Hewlett, So. Bezalel won the Nassau
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ALI BEZALEL
Hewlett, So.
Bezalel won the Nassau individual championship, landing an all-around score of 35.675. She won the beam at that meet with a 9.05, was second on vault with a 9.025 and was third on floor with a 9.15. Bezalel was forced out of the state championships because of an injury but consistently had Hewlett's best scores all season.

ALEXIS FRAHER Bethpage, 8th grade Fraher helped lead
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ALEXIS FRAHER
Bethpage, 8th grade
Fraher helped lead Bethpage to its second consecutive Nassau team championship. In the county meet, she finished with a team-best all-around score of 35.150. At the state-qualifier, Fraher tied Jennings for second place with a 35.175 all-around score and was second at the meet on floor with a 9.200.

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STEPHANIE JENNINGS Sewanhaka, Fr. Jennings won the vault
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STEPHANIE JENNINGS
Sewanhaka, Fr.
Jennings won the vault in the Nassau state qualifier meet with a 9.050, dazzling the crowd with an impressive Yurchenko tuck. She also tied with Alexis Fraher at the Nassau meet with the second-highest overall score of 35.175.

ALISON LAROCCA Ward Melville, Jr. LaRocca was a
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

ALISON LAROCCA
Ward Melville, Jr.
LaRocca was a steady force in Ward Melville's lineup all season. At states, she had the best finish among Long Island gymnasts on floor, taking fourth place with a 9.4. Her all-around score of 36.15 at the state-qualifying meet was good for second place in Suffolk, and her performance in the team championship meet helped propel Ward Melville to the title.

KIM RHATIGAN Long Island girls gymnastics coach of
(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

KIM RHATIGAN
Long Island girls gymnastics coach of the year
Bethpage

The 2012 All-Long Island gymnastics team. Front row:
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The 2012 All-Long Island gymnastics team. Front row: Cydney Crasa of Ward Melville, Ali Bezalel of Hewlett High School. Back row: Allison LaRocca of Ward Melville High School, Kim Rhatiga, of Bethpage High School, Stephanie Jennings of Elmont Mermorial, Alexis Fraher of Bethpage High School.

SECOND TEAM Jordan Ceccarini (pictured) HH Hills, 7th
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SECOND TEAM
Jordan Ceccarini (pictured)
HH Hills, 7th grade
Jordan Sack
Plainview, Fr.
Melissa Kropf
Plainview, Jr.
Samantha Lester
Connetquot, Sr.
Katie Wall
Massapequa, Jr.
Samantha Lesmeister
M. Country, So.

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