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Joanna Signorile feasts on the competition

Finds a spot on Carle Place squad, and moves quickly to the top.

Carle Place's Joanna Signorile competes on the uneven

Carle Place's Joanna Signorile competes on the uneven parallel bars at the Cartwheels for a Cure for cystic fibrosis meet at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Jan. 15, 2018. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Closed mouths don’t get fed.

Three years ago, then sophomore Joanna Signorile had a hunger.

Signorile, a competitive gymnast since the second grade, goes to Wheatley but the small school didn’t have a gymnastics team.

Instead of staying hungry, Signorile did what needed to be done.

Signorile went to the Wheatley athletic director and requested she be allowed to compete for a school nearby. That request was approved by Carle Place.

Fast forward to today and Signorile is enjoying a steady diet of success. The senior is looking to end her tenure with the Frogs satisfied with her career in the gym.

“When Carle Place allowed us to compete, I was so excited to experience a new style of competition,” Signorile said. “I expect our team to have a good season. We’ve all been working hard and supporting each other. I want to make the state team again as an All-Arounder and finish my senior year strongly.”

Signorile’s goals seem like, well, a piece of cake. Since joining Carle Place, she’s competed every year on the Nassau state team as an All-Arounder.

In her first year, Signorile surprised herself, placing first in three events and winning the All-Around at the Nassau state qualifiers. At the state meet that year, she placed 10th on the uneven bars and 12th in the All-Around.

“I remember I didn’t know how to feel,” Signorile said. “It was my first season on the team. I wasn’t expecting to win or even to make the state team.”

Signorile wasn’t experiencing beginner's luck. Last year at the state qualifiers, she placed second in AA (36.75), first on bars (9.475) and second on vault (9.4). At states, Signorile placed ninth on bars with a 9.2.

“Bars is Joanna’s strong suit,” said first year coach Rosa DiLiberto. “She thinks about every move and motion and then she gets up there and executes. I think she has great ability and potential.”

So far this season, the Frogs are 2-1 in Nassau II and Signorile is undefeated on bars scoring a high 9.4 in a recent meet against Roslyn on Jan.y 12. Signorile intends to end her tenure with the Frogs the same way she joined the squad, eager for a chance to compete and succeed.

“I want to finish my senior year on a high note, making the All-Around team another time,” Signorile said. “I didn’t know what to expect when I started and I still don’t but I’m glad to be where I am now. I hope that I improved from last season and we’ll find out when the competition begins.”

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