COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y.— It wasn’t her best day, but Callie Johanson still managed a 10th-place finish in the all-around at the New York State gymnastics championships at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Long Island on March 4.
The junior notched a 35.55 overall. Her best performance came in the uneven bars, where she placed eighth with a 9.0.
She also was 12th in the floor exercise with a 9.15, 17th in the vault (8.7) and 18th in the balance beam (8.7).
“I feel that I did pretty well in the all-around, despite struggling slightly on beam,” Johanson said. “The key to having a solid floor performance was to just execute everything I’ve been doing in practice and to keep my consistency.”
After struggling last year at states, freshman Chloe Lee rebounded this year with a solid showing in the uneven bars, taking 10th with an 8.7. Junior Sydney Hughes was 15th in the vault (8.875), eighth grader Jamison Castrataro took 14th in the bars (8.25) and senior Cassie Traina was 25th in the vault (8.325).
“Cassie had a good vault,” said Mahopac coach Vin Collins, who is also the coach of the Section 1 state team. “It was a nice way to finish her high school career. Cassie competed in a total of three state tournaments—not many gymnasts can say that. Both Chloe and Jamison had solid bar routines. I think they may be regular competitors in the state tournament in years to come. Sydney was solid on beam and had a nice routine. Sydney is a tough competitor.”
Johanson was also proud of the way her Mahopac teammates performed.
“The rest of the Mahopac girls performed very well,” Johanson said. “I was extremely proud of Chloe for placing top 10 in the uneven bars because I know how hard she works in and out of the gym and for Sydney to place 15th in the beam was also a huge accomplishment for her, especially since it was her first state championships.”
Collins said that “all of our gymnasts executed difficult vaults, dismounts and combinations on bars, beam and floor.”
“I was proud of their aggressiveness and mental toughness; especially with Chloe and Jamison on bars,” he said. “They both successfully executed difficult dismounts on uneven bars and they both hit them.”
As a team, Section 1 placed fourth with 176.35 points. Section 6 won the gymnastics state championships.
“It was a very competitive tournament—state tournaments usually are,” Collins said. “All of the Section 1 competitors did well.”
On top of being proud of the entire Section 1 team, Collins praised his own Mahopac athletes.
“Our gymnasts represented themselves, their families and team with class all the way,” he said. “A great way to finish the competitive season—Section 1 champions and competing in the New York State tournament.”