SOUTHBURY — Not even a fall off the balance beam by Greenwich High School’s best gymnast was going to derail the Cardinals’ run to the State Open gymnastics championship.
“It’s wonderful. It’s great,” Greenwich coach Sue Knight said. “They’ve worked so hard for years and years. It was one of their biggest goals and I’m just proud so proud of them.”
Greenwich was 5.075 points better than Woodstock Academy’s 138.425. Trumbull was third at 136.775 and Wilton, the Class M champ, took fourth with 132.075.
The Cardinals’ large margin of victory meant it was easy to overcome a fall on beam by top gymnast Adnerys DeJesus.
“I have amazing teammates that really put up good scores,” DeJesus said. “Falling off the beam, yes, it’s upsetting, but we had three other fantastic scores so we were in a comfortable position. We just had to finish strong on floor.”
The Cardinals did just that as Greenwich junior Kelsey Fedorko took first in the event with a score of 9.6 to edge DeJesus’ 9.550. Ellie Marino added a 9.0, giving the Cardinals three scores of 9.0 or higher.
“The top four are so strong,” Knight said, adding Ginna Cardini’s name into the mix. “If one falls, the other three are right there to pick them up.”
Greenwich only used four girls in the meet, each competing in the All-Around, as well.
DeJesus went on to win the Open all-around championship with 37.675 points. Fedorko placed second in 36.225. Marino was seventh (35.6) and Cardini was 17th (34.025).
DeJesus also won individual titles in the vault (9.575) and uneven bars (9.575).
Marino took third in the beam (9.025) while DeJesus, who would have won the event had she not fallen, placed fifth (8.975) and Fedorko (8.975) was sixth.
“It means everything to us,” DeJesus said. “The past two years we’ve been wanting to win this, but we’ve been runner-up. It feels so good to be able to add this to our victories.”
FCIAC teams had five of the top six scores in the state this season, with three of the top four getting to compete for the State Open title.
Trumbull got off to a slow start, but rebounded well, coach Celina Huber said.
“We came in with a lot of energy, but had a bit of rough start,” Huber said. “But we got it together and a had a strong finish.”
Samantha Markland placed fifth in the All-Around (35.875) to lead the way for the Eagles. She was second in the beam (9.1), third in the uneven bars (9.125), fourth in the vault (9.2),
Wilton’s Jessica Olin led the Warrior charge, placing in three of four individual events plus the All-Around.
She was third in the floor (9.4) and sixth in the vault (9.1) and bars (8.7).
“I think coming off of states, winning Class M for the first time in nine years, was just amazing, so it gave us a chance to come here and see what State Opens is like,” Olin said. “I think everybody did really great and it was a lot of fun.”
A NEAR-HOLLYWOOD ENDING
The storied career of Foran’s Brianna Laggis had a tough ending.
The senior — who has overcome a broken bone in her back and a torn ACL in her career to return to the mats this season — gutted her way to a third place finish in the All-Around.
She was fourth in the beam (9.0) and floor (9.4), and fifth in the bars (8.925), before finishing the day in the vault.
After her first practice vault, in which she rotated short, Laggis came up lame on her injured knee.
She tried one more run-through, but didn’t complete the vault.
When warm-ups were completed Laggis tried one vault and scored an 8.850 on it, but was in physical pain.
Foran coach Dina Sklanka quickly shut her down, forcing her to miss her second vault and a chance to improve her score.
Newtown’s Emma Delia won the State Open balance beam championship with a 9.450. She was eight in the all-around.
Sara Rodia of Shelton, meanwhile, was second in the vault (9.3) just in front of Mercy’s Mia Lawrence (9.225).
Daniel Hand’s Erin Naclerio was sixth in the All-Around (35.7).
STATE OPEN GYMNASTICS
At Pomperaug High School, Southbury
TEAM SCORES—Greenwich 143.525, Woodstock Academy 138.425, Trumbull 136.775, Wilton 132.075
VAULT—1. Adnerys De Jesus (Greenwich) 9.575; 2. Sara Rodia (Shelton) 9.30; 3. Mia Lawrence (Mercy) 9.225; 4. Samantha Markland (Trumbull) 9.2; 5. Mikayla Dumas (New Milford) 9.2; 6. Jessica Olin (Wilton) 9.1.
UNEVEN BARS—1. Adnerys De Jesus (Greenwich) 9.575; 2. Emma Delia (Newtown) 9.425; 3. Samantha Markland (Trumbull) 9.125; 4. Allison Crescimmano (Woodstock Academy) 9.0; 5. Brianna Laggis (Foran) 8.925; 6. Jessica Olin (Wilton) 8.750
BALANCE BEAM—1. Emma Delia (Newtown) 9.450; 2. Samantha Markland (Trumbull) 9.10; 3. Ellie Marino (Greenwich) 9.025; 4. Brianna Laggis (Foran) 9.0; 5. Adnerys De Jesus (Greenwich) 8.975; 6. Kelsey Fedorko (Greenwich) 8.975
FLOOR EXERCISE—1. Kelsey Fedorko (Greenwich) 9.6; 2. Adnerys De Jesus (Greenwich) 9.550; 3. Jessica Olin (Wilton) 9.4; 4. Brianna Laggis (Foran) 9.4; 5. Grace Gronski (Woodstock Academy) 9.225; 6. Kelly Wiles (Bolton) 9.2;
ALL-AROUND: 1. Adnerys De Jesus (Greenwich) 37.675; 2. Kelsey Fedorko (Greenwich) 36.225; 3. Brianna Laggis (Foran) 36.175; 4. Jessica Olin (Wilton) 36.075; 5. Samantha Markland (Trumbull) 35.875; 6. Erin Naclerio (Daniel Hand) 35.700.