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Miranda Lund’s spirit competes as Nassau state qualifiers begin


The top Nassau gymnasts competed for spots on the state tournament team at Great Neck South High School on February 14, 2017. (Newsday/Kieran Lynch)

While Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK’s Miranda Lund has become the focal point of Long Island gymnastics the past few years, she could only cheer for her teammates as the championship season began with the Nassau Individual state qualifiers.

The reigning state all-around champion tore the UCL in her left elbow while warming up for a meet on Jan. 18 and underwent Tommy John surgery on Jan. 31, ending her junior season just before the championships. It was the third time she suffered a tear and the second since her high school gymnastics career began — the last one ended her freshman season.

“It was tough at first, but there’s no point in being upset or anything because I can’t change it,” Lund said while wearing a brace and cheering on her teammates at Great Neck South on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old gymnast will start the grueling recovery process and plans on returning to Nassau competition next winter for her senior season. In between, she’ll go through physical therapy and then, if all goes well, she’ll be able to do load-bearing exercises in 4-6 months, her mother Debra said.

“She always amazes me because I think if she feels a fraction that I feel in disappointment that her season’s over, it doesn’t show,” Debra Lund said.

In March, Lund became the first Nassau gymnast to win the state all-around since Island Trees’ Jess Panza in 2008. She won’t get the chance to defend her title at Cold Spring Harbor on March 4, but she’ll be there rooting for her teammates and friends.

“It’s almost better that it’s on Long Island because then I can go and sit with them and be a part of the team,” she said.

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