GREENWICH — The gymnasium inside the YWCA Greenwich has three new banners honoring the Greenwich High School gymnastics team, one of which lists the years it won the FCIAC title and the other displaying the seasons it won the state championship.
Well, the Cardinals are intent on adding more championship years to each of those banners this winter and they are well equipped to accomplish those feats and more. Possessing talent and depth, this year’s Greenwich squad has added winning the State Open and New England titles to its wish list.
Two-time defending Class L and FCIAC champion Greenwich began its season in top form Friday night, outscoring Staples, 142.85-125.2, at the YWCA Greenwich. The meet marked the season-opener for both teams.
Senior co-captain Adnerys De Jesus the Hearst Connecticut Media Group Gymnastics MVP the past several seasons, won all four events for Greenwich and was of course, the all-around winner on Friday.
“The team is looking very strong, we have a new addition to our team, freshman Ellie Marino, who is strong in all four events,” De Jesus said. “We are definitely looking to get those FCIAC, state and State Open titles this year, as well as the State Open and New England titles.”
De Jesus placed first on the vault with a score of 9.80, won the bars (9.6), took first on the balance beam (9.35) and was the floor exercise winner (9.6). Her all-around score was 38.35.
“Vault comes so naturally to me, it is my favorite event and I always have so much fun with it,” De Jesus said. “The team has been working so hard day in and day out and we really look strong.”
Junior Kelsey Fedorko placed second on the vault (9.20), followed by Marino (8.95).
“The first meet is always a little tough and stressful, so it was nice to get it off our back,” Fedorko said. “We are all so excited for this year and we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish.”
Fedorko was the runner-up on the uneven bars (8.8), while Marino took third (8.5). She also had a second-place finish on the balance beam with a score of 9.1. Mary Fitton of Staples placed third on the beam with a score of 8.8
“This team definitely has a different dynamic than in year’s past,” said Fitton, a tri-captain. “When I first joined the team as a freshman, we had 10 people on the team, now we have nine freshman. So we have a lot more people, which is great to see. It’s exciting to help lead this team and I look forward to seeing what we have in store.”
The floor exercise also saw Fedorko finish second behind De Jesus with a 9.15. Marino finished third, earning a score of 9.1
“Our goal is to continue to win FCIACs and keep that tradition going,” said GHS senior co-captain Valerie Cella, who also scored well in her events. “In this first meet we all showed what specific events we each do well in and what our strengths are. It’s nice to work hard and improve while having fun at the same time.”
Sophomore Allie Trotman scored an 8.0 on the vault, as did junior Gianna Cardini on the uneven bars for the Cardinals (1-0). Cardini also had an 8.3 on the beam and an 8.5 on the floor.
“We all motivate each other each day in practice,” Trotman said. “Our team really has a nice dynamic.”
Fitton also scored an 8.3 in the floor exercise and an 8.5 on the vault for Staples (0-1). Anastayla Perry scored an 8.4 in the vault event for the Wreckers, while teammate Savannah Schaefer had an 8.1
“We have some work to do on our jump and connections, but overall, I thought we did really well today for our first meet,” Staples coach Kelsey Martin said.
Greenwich finished with a team score of 36.75 on the vault, a 34.9 on the bars, a 34.85 on the beam and a 36.35 on the floor. De Jesus showed she’s ready for another outstanding season for the Cards.
“My personal goals are to get first in New Englands in the events,” De Jesus said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work to do that.”