LATHAM, N.Y.— At the state gymnastics championships, the very top high school gymnasts competed for supremacy.
Mahopac’s Katherine Dorovitsine and Callie Johanson triumphed to exceptional results in the final meet of the season at Shaker High School in Latham on Feb. 27.
Dorovitsine took fourth place on the uneven parallel bars, leading Section 1 with a dazzling score of 9.4 and powering Mahopac overall.
“Scoring a 9.4 at the state championships for one of my best bar routines of the season was definitely a moment I’ll always remember,” said Dorovitsine, who finished 12th in the all-around with a 34.950.
Johanson managed to score 35.6 in the all-around to take 10th overall, the highest placement of any Section 1 competitor. The sophomore tied her teammate Dorovitsine for 10th on the vault with a 9.250.
“I’ve become more confident in my vaulting this year, which has definitely helped me through a competitive season,” Johanson said. “I changed my vault a few years ago so I had to work on improving in this area, and I’ve really seen this improvement through the competition season this year.”
Johanson finished in eighth place in the floor exercise competition with a standout score of 9.0. The sophomore also placed 14th on the uneven bars with an 8.850 and was able to notch 17th on the balance beam with an 8.5 to cap off a strong performance.
“To finish top 10 in the state, and lead all of Section 1 with an all-around score of 35.6 really showed how much I have improved over the past three years,” Johanson points out. “I had a really good meet at the Section 1 championships and winning the all-around at that meet is a great accomplishment that I worked very hard for.”
Dorovitsine also competed in the all-around at states. On top of her impressive bars routine and 10th place finish in the vault, she took 22nd in the beam with an 8.2 and scored an 8.1 in the floor.
Senior leader Dorovitsine even overcame missing seven months of gymnastics last year following foot surgery to help Mahopac’s team performance.
“I feel that this year really showed me just how much I am capable of and how far hard work and dedication can take a team,” Dorovitsine proclaimed. “I struggled with returning to my pre-injury level and am still not 100 percent back to where I used to be. Despite this, I was determined not to let my injury drag me down and I was able to achieve my goal of going to the State Championships as an all-around competitor.”
Section 1 finished fourth overall in the team competition with a total of 173.575 points. Section 6 came in first place with 184.375 points.
Mahopac’s Cassie Traina did her part, placing 16th out of 40 in the vault with an 8.850. The day on the bars was a successful one for the squad as a whole, as it took quite the effort.
Eighth-grader Chloe Lee competed for Mahopac in the uneven bars.
Carmel sent two gymnasts to states. Daniela Nudo scored an 8.0 in the vault, while Kylie Rosenquest netted a 7.6 in the bars for the Rams.
For Johanson, she looks to build on her year of success during the 2016-2017 season.
“It was a great moment for me to score a 9.25 at the state championships and successfully complete my vault,” Johanson said. “I put a lot of time and hard work in at the gym this year to improve on all four events. I am working on my form and to add some harder skills as well.”
The season went a little too fast for the senior Dorovitsine though. Looking forward to new endeavors, being a Mahopac Indian on the gymnastics team will still be valued.
“I will cherish the experiences I was given through being a member of the team and the memories I made along the way,” Dorovitsine said. “I only wish I had joined the team sooner, so that I could have been a part of such an amazing team throughout all four years in high school. Even though my gymnastics career is coming to an end, I look forward to what is to come and the new experiences I will have next year.”