CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School gymnastics team earned the title of Union County champions for the second year in a row.
The team came in first place with a score of 109, followed by Westfield High School with a score of 106.260 and Scotch Plains-Fanwood with a score of 104.175. The win follows an undefeated season for the team.
“We were thrilled the team was able to repeat at the Union County Champions, as well as sweep all the individual events,” Coach Michele Charney-Hulse said. “This is a tremendous accomplishment because Union County has strong teams with talented gymnasts.”
Junior Bee Iosso took a first-place finish in the all-around. Iosso topped the leaderboard in the vault and uneven bars with scores of 9.425 and 9.125, respectively. She also matched Westfield’s Kaela Azzaretto with a score of 9.425 in floor exercise.
Senior Kelly McAuliffe took first in the balance beam with a score of 9.450, leading to a fourth-place finish in the all-around.
“It was awesome,” McAuliffe said. “We came in stronger this year than last year, so it was really exciting to come in and do our best. We beat our record from last year so it’s really exciting to see everyone progress this season.”
Next, the team will compete in the state sectional on Nov. 4
“We have nine gymnasts competing in the individual events and are excited about this, as well as the team competition,” Charney-Hulse said. “The team will be working on refining all their skills and increasing consistency in an effort to qualify for states.”