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Broken uneven bars pushes Suffolk gymnastics meet to Wednesday

Connetquot is in first place after three other events are completed with teams to compete on uneven bars on Wednesday.

Meet officials speak with Connetquot coach Renee Guerrieri

Meet officials speak with Connetquot coach Renee Guerrieri about the broken bar floor plate which stopped competition during the Suffolk gymnastics team championships at Connetquot High School in Bohemia on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

The final event will determine which gymnastics squad will be crowned Suffolk champions.

Unfortunately, that event didn’t take place on Tuesday. During the third rotation of the championship held at Connetquot, officials noticed that the uneven bar floor plate — the piece connecting the bar wires to the floor — was broken.

The event was deemed unsafe for competitors and postponed until Wednesday, where it will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Smithtown East. All the squads will get a fresh start on the bars in rotation order, starting with Connetquot.

Tuesday’s meet, minus the uneven bars, continued, however. The top three teams entering Wednesday are within a point of each other.

With the other three events completed, first place is held by Connetquot with a score of 130.550. Sarah Moussa was leading the Thunderbirds, tying for second on beam (9.2), placing third on vault (9.025) and tying for fourth on floor (9.4). She was second in the all-around with a 27.625.

Second place was held by defending champ Smithtown (129.050). Jessica Scala placed first on vault (9.2), tied for second on floor (9.5) and was fifth in the all-around.

Undefeated Bay Shore / Islip rounds out the top three at 128.850. Kerin Spadaro is at the forefront, placing first on floor with a 9.6 and sitting seventh in the all-around.

The all-around leader was Cassie Bergin from East Islip with a 27.650. She placed second on vault (9.050) and tied for second on beam (9.2) and fourth on floor (9.4). Taylor Goldstein from Half Hollow Hills placed first on beam with a 9.450 and was sixth in the all-around.

Twins Bella and Haylie Kelly are third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around. Cloe Sisca from Smithtown, Catherine Lyden from Bay Shore / Islip and Noel Cutinella from Connetquot are eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

“That was a freak thing,” Connetquot coach Renee Guerrieri said of the broken equipment. “It’s unfortunate . . . but it is what it is. Everyone is going to be on the same playing field tomorrow and I still believe it’s going to be close. This season has been close all around. The kids have to mentally have their heads in the game, so it’ll be interesting.”

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