Three from Long Island get top-10 honors

Half Hollow Hills Jordan Ceccarini performs on the

Half Hollow Hills Jordan Ceccarini performs on the balance beam during the Suffolk gymnastics team championship. (Nov. 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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Three Long Island gymnasts scored top-10 all-around honors yesterday at the state tournament in Lathan.

Jordan Ceccarini, a seventh-grader from Half Hollow Hills, took fifth in the all-around with a 36.925, Plainview freshman Jordan Sack was sixth with a 36.775, and Ward Melville eighth-grader Cydney Crasa, the 2011 state runner-up, was eighth with a 36.675. Meghan Pflieger from Holland Patent won the all-around with a 37.85.

In the team competition, Suffolk was third with a 181.025 and Nassau took fifth place with a 176.225. Western New York won the event with a 185.875.

"It's great to get third place," Suffolk gymnastics coordinator and Ward Melville coach Caryl Crasa said.

"I'm very pleased with this. I wanted us to be in the top six so to do this against such high competition is great," Nassau gymnastics coordinator and Bethpage coach Kim Rhatigan said.

At least one Long Island gymnast earned a medal on each of the four events by finishing in the top six.

On floor, Ward Melville's Alison LaRocca was fourth with a 9.4, and Ceccarini was fifth with a 9.3.

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On beam, Ceccarini was fifth with a 9.55 and Middle Country's Samantha Lesmeister was sixth with a 9.4.

Sack was fifth on bars with a 9.275 and Cydney Crasa had Long Island's highest finish by tying for second on vault with a 9.625.

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