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Alyssa Firth lifts Bethpage gymnastics team against Hicksville

Bethpage gymnast Alyssa Firth looks on before she

Bethpage gymnast Alyssa Firth looks on before she competes on the balance beam against Hicksville in a Nassau gymnastics meet. (Jan. 13, 2014) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Alyssa Firth was told by coach Kim Rhatigan to put her game face on and turn it up a notch in Bethpage's girls gymnastics meet against Hicksville Monday.

Without Sarah Ciresi (ankle) and Lexi Fraher (illness), the Golden Eagles' top two all-around competitors, Firth was next in line to step up when it mattered most.

The freshman got it done and "won every event," Rhatigan said, in Bethpage's 156.2-145.15 Conference I win. The Golden Eagles are 6-0.

"She did awesome," Rhatigan said of Firth, who placed first in the all-around (34.05). "She not only rises to the occasion but she goes out there and wins everything effortlessly. She's trained for pressure. She was really quite incredible tonight."

Firth tied for first on the vault (8.15) with teammate Sara Fox and Hicksville's Rebecca Rilling and was victorious in the uneven bars (8.4) and in the floor exercise (9.1).

Alexa Pepe took second in the all-around (32.2) and won the beam (8.5) for Bethpage. Freshman Rachel Chao placed second in the uneven bars (7.5) and on the beam (8.45). Seventh-grader Ashley Feliz took second in the vault (8.05) and fourth in the beam (8.3).

"What's good about this win, it showed that my team, without the top two all-arounds, that we have enough depth and that we can still clinch a victory," Rhatigan said. "They rose to the occasion and pulled it together for the team."

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