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Cydney Crasa wins Suffolk individual title

Ward Melville's Cydney Crasa warms up on the

Ward Melville's Cydney Crasa warms up on the balance beam in the Suffolk girls gymnastics individual championships on Friday, November 7, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

On Monday, Cydney Crasa learned where she'd be two years from now. Friday, she learned where she'd be three months from now. The unsurprising answer to both: in a gym, on that familiar blue gymnastics padding, making everyone wonder how she does it.

Crasa, a Ward Melville junior who secured a full scholarship to George Washington University this week, dominated in the Suffolk individual championships at Smithtown East, earning an all-around score of 38.275. The victory means she'll headline the state team in February for the second year in a row and the third time in her career. She also led her Patriots to a county title earlier this week.

"It's been a solid week," she said, laughing. "It feels like all my hard work has paid off. To be [George Washington's] No. 1 recruit was a really big deal for me, and now this."

Crasa earned a 9.575 on vault after two sterling Yurchenko layouts and, despite a misstep on her back handspring, back layout step out on beam, she regrouped to earn a 9.250.

It was bars, though, where Crasa earned her title -- seamlessly executing a back giant with a half turn to a front giant with a half, twice before her double-tuck dismount for a 9.575, her high mark on the varsity. She finished with a 9.70 on floor after a whip, whip into a back tuck on her first pass and a full twist on her third pass.

Bay Shore seventh-grader Skye Harper came in second in the all around with a 37.400 and Ward Melville's Katie Bowe was third (37.150). In addition to the all arounds, the next three finishers in the individual events will make up the balance of the state team, including Connetquot's Nikianne Otto; Bay Shore's Hayden Davidson; Kings Park's Skylar Haas; and Amanda McNelis, Gillian Dolitsky, Krista Hagen, Jacklyn Dolitsky and Lauren Gomes, all from Commack.

"We totally did amazing," Crasa said. "I think we have a really strong team and a lot of new talent. To have all the stuff that happened this week and then this, it's icing on the cake."

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