MILFORD >> The road to winning the Southern Connecticut Conference gymnastics title goes through Hand.
Veteran Law coach Pat Simon knows that.
“It’s Daniel Hand. They’ve got some very strong gymnasts,” Simon says. “I’ve got a couple strong gymnasts and that definitely helps our cause.”
The Tigers have won the past six conference crowns and enter Thursday’s meet (5 p.m. at Law) with a perfect 7-0 record. The Eagles will be one of a handful of teams looking to unseat the Tigers.
“I’ve seen them a lot beating us,” Law senior captain Kelsey Kopazna said. “But this year we were really close (a 130.95-128.25 loss on Jan. 6) and I’m looking forward to SCCs and getting even closer to them.”
While it may be a tall task to defeat Hand, Law will do its best with an experienced veteran lineup. The Eagles finished third in the championship meet last year and bring in a strong, deep senior class with two new additions.
Sisters Melanie and Tiffany Coleman joined the squad after previously competing for their club team. The two boast a high level of skill and have been a welcomed addition to the squad.
“They’ve helped us a lot, not just for scores, but for encouragement,” sophomore Madison Sosa said. “They always cheer us on and seeing what they can do pushes us to work harder.”
In the state all-around rankings, Melanie, a sophomore, is sixth (33.7). Tiffany, a senior, is seventh (33.3375). While the team is well-rounded, the Eagles’ strongest event is the floor exercise. Melanie currently has an average of 8.725, fifth best in the state.
Law, which describes itself as one big family, knows it will be a challenging task Thursday. But the Eagles say they are ready to go.
“For us to win, we all have to work hard in every event,” Sosa said. “Little things like pointing your toes more and straightening your legs, that could really help push us to the top.”