GIRLS GYMNASTICS Woodstock Academy off to fast start
With the calendar turning to 2019, the girls gymnastics season has picked up speed.
Woodstock Academy, which saw Greenwich end its streak of sixth consecutive State Open Championships last season, has come flying out of the gate thus far.
The Centaurs are 4-0 following a 139.8-121.45 triumph over Old Lyme-East Lyme Co-op last Monday.
One big reason for the fast start is the return of senior Lydia Taft. Against Old Lyme-East Lyme, Taft took first place on bars (9.05), beam (9.3), floor exercise (9.1) and all-around 36.25.
Last year, Taft only competed in the New England Championships as she took time off to allow her back problems to heal fully.
Fellow Woodstock Academy senior Ali Crescimanno, who will be a gymnast at Winona State University in Minnesota in the fall, won vault (9.1) and was runnerup in the all-around (35.55) against Old Lyme-East Lyme.
The Centaurs return to action on Jan. 16 at Norwich Free Academy.
A team sending a message early in the southern corner of the state is Fairfield Ludlowe.
On Jan. 3, Ludlowe (130) conquered Oxford (129.15), Warde (126) and Darien (119). On Jan. 5, the Falcons captured the team title at the Pomperaug Invitational with 133.70 to top nine other schools.
At the Pomperaug Invitational, Ludlowe sophomore Ava Mancini took first place on bars and in the all-around.
Greenwich showed it is ready to defend its State Open title as well as being three-time defending FCIAC champ as the Cardinals edged Wilton, 129.8-129.55 back on Jan. 4 to stay unbeaten at 2-0.
Greenwich saw its top gymnast Adnerys DeJesus (State Open vault, bars, all-around champion) graduate.
The Cardinals are in good hands led by Kelsey Fedorko and Gianna Cardini. GHS has room to grow as Ellie Marino is working her way back to peak form after some injuries.
A mystery team to keep an eye on is Trumbull High School.
The Eagles had their season-opening meet Thursday but fell 134.1-127.25 at Wilton. Trumbull, which was third in the State Open team standings last year, will have four meets between January 10 and Jan. 21.
Hannah Laskey, Stonington: She won beam (8.75), floor exercise (8.8) and all-around 34.55 in a meet against Daniel Hand, Guilford and Branford.
Allyson Kenny, Newtown: She took first place on bars (8.55), floor exercise (8.60) and all-around (34.2) in a meet against New Milford and Oxford on Jan. 8.
Nicole Bobbie, Oxford: She won vault (8.65) against Newtown and New Milford.
MEETS TO WATCH
Friday, Jan. 11, 2019: Jonathan Law at Foran, 5:30 p.m.: Round 1 in the battle for girls gymnastics supremacy in the city of Milford.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019: Mercy at Daniel Hand, 6 p.m.: Must See gymnastics in the Southern Connecticut Conference. Rematch set for February 14, 2019.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019: Greenwich at Trumbull, 6:30 p.m. (at Next Dimension Gymnastics): Trumbull probably tired of being the hunter in this gymnastics relationship.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019: Southington at Glastonbury, 7 p.m. (at Gymnastics Express Too): Upstate rivals can send a message before the postseason.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019: Pomperaug, Newtown at New Milford, 5 p.m.: South West Conference rivals do battle.
Saturday Feb. 9, 2019: Glastonbury at Norwich Free Academy:, 5 p.m. (at Thames Valley Gymnastics): Always an interesting contest when these teams get together.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019: Pomperaug at Daniel Hand, 6 p.m.: An intriguing non-league get together before the postseason meets.