Local Schools Team Up for Crown
SALEM, N.H. -- The Billerica/ Chelmsford/Tyngsboro co-op gymnastics team captured the Large School title at Thursday’s Merrimack Valley Conference Championship Meet held at the A-2 Gym.
This is the first year of the three-way partnership. Chelmsford won the title outright in 2017.
B/C/T scored 138.65 points to take first place. Central Catholic finished second, followed by Andover and Dracut. In the Small School Division, Haverhill was the winner with Methuen, North Andover and Tewksbury finishing 2-4. Lowell did not compete.
Billerica/Chelmsford/Tyngsboro was led by sophomore Lily Hoyt, who finished fourth in the all-around competition with a score of 34.750. Her teammate, freshman Laila Pratt, was fifth at 34.350.
“Lily did well on the vault and the floor, and Laila did well on the vault, floor and bars,” said head coach Dawn DeVito.
DeVito was relatively surprised at the end of the meet when her team was announced as the champs.
“We didn’t think we did that well because we had a tough day on the balance beam and floor exercise,” she said. “But we were able to pull it together in the end.”
Hoyt finished tied for fourth on the vault at 9.2 and was also eighth on the floor at 8.750. Pratt was fourth on the floor at 9.0 and tied for sixth on the bars at 8.8.
Also scoring in the top eight of their respective events for B/C/T were Sara Bourdelais, who was second in both the bars (9.3) and floor (9.150), while Jamie Sharp was second on the beam (8.8) and Emma Donovan was tied for fourth on the bars at 8.9 and seventh on the floor at 8.8.
Tewksbury was led by eighth-grader Amanda Ogden, who finished sixth in the all-around with a score of 34.150, which included finishing third on the floor (9.05) and eighth on the vault (8.7). Junior Sarah Polimeno was 12th in the all-around, despite injuring her ankle on her floor exercise routine.
Redmen head coach Jessica Wilkey was proud of the way her girls grinded things out.
“We don’t have any seniors on the team,” she said. “I’m not disappointed at all with how we did tonight. The seven girls we brought here all competed. Our season started off slow and then we gradually got better.”
Last year’s champion, Dracut, competed without its top two gymnasts, Olivia Drew and Jessie Nugent, both out injured.
“This season was kind of tough as we had a lot of injuries,” said head coach Paige Allen. “We didn’t do as well as we did last year, but we still had a good season. I’m happy with how we did tonight. We had another girl get injured, but overall I was happy with how the team competed.”