Ward Melville edges HHH for gym crown

Ward Melville celebrates at the end of the

Ward Melville celebrates at the end of the Suffolk girls gymnastics team championship. (Nov. 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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By the narrowest of margins, Ward Melville edged Half Hollow Hills 171.425-171.025 to win the Suffolk Girls Gymnastics Team Championship at Smithtown East Tuesday.

The six-team meet was decided in the final event, the floor competition, with Hills leading Ward Melville (12-0) by 1.1 points. The Patriots had to average a 9.0 in order to overcome the deficit.

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Ward Melville did just that, averaging a 9.13 with Alison LaRocca and Cydney Crasa each scoring a 9.425 and Eugenia Zhukovsky scoring a 9.35.

"There was a lot of pressure, we really hadn't been in that situation all year," coach Caryl Crasa said. "Our team really pulled together, though, and just didn't make any mistakes."

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