SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Shaylin Farley turned many heads as she did twists and turns on the balance beam, floor exercise, parallel bars, and vault, at the Cougar Invitational Gymnastics Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Farley placed first all around, including top finishes on the bars and floor exercise, 3rd place on the beam, and 4th place on the vault. In the process, she led Scotch Plains-Fanwood to a first place finish, the school's first team championship in 16 years. The freshman gymnast is expected to compete all around for SPFHS at the Union County Tournament on October 18 at Cranford High School.
"I am honored to coach an athlete like Shaylin Farley. I coached her older sister Keara for her four years at SPFHS, as well. I have watched Shay progress through her gymnastics career since she was in kindergarten at Surgent’s Elite," said Raiders head coach Lisa Cerchio.
Farley is a true natural athlete -- she is physically talented and has the determination and drive of a champion, according to her coach.
"She has worked hard her entire life in the gym all year long, training to become a successful all around competitor," Coach Cerchio said. "Leading up to the Cougar Invitational she was sick, and I questioned whether she would be able to get up and perform her hardest skills -- especially on a beam which is 4 feet high and only 4 inches wide. She stepped up to the plate with precision and determination and hit all her routines with poise and confidence."
Coach Cerchio said that Farley's bar routine has come far in the few weeks since the season opened.
"I think the highlight of Cougars for her was hitting her bar routine and taking first place. I know that while she is celebrating this success, it is only one piece of the puzzle for her goals this season," Coach Cerchio said.
After her success, Farley did what champions do: she went right back to work at high school practice, as well as at Surgent’s with her coach, DJ, who has worked steadily with her all year long to prepare for the high school season.
Meanwhile, her high school coach is looking forward to the Union County Tournament.
"Shay will be competing alongside her teammates to attempt to bring a County title to Scotch Plains-Fanwood for the first time in 16 years!"
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