MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Mahopac and Lakeland/Panas’ gymnastics teams helped Section 1’s squad earn fifth place out of 10 sections on Saturday, March 3, at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Long Island.

Section 3 took first place with 185.725 points to Section 1’s 176.575. Among Section 1’s top contributors, a handful came from Mahopac and Lakeland/Panas.

“Our team did well, and our Mahopac girls had a nice way to finish their high school season,” said Mahopac coach Vin Collins, who is also the coach of the Section 1 team. “For Callie and Sydney, it was a nice way to finish their high school careers.”

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Senior Caitlin Pellegrino of Lakeland/Panas dazzled with a 9.1 score and took ninth place in the vault. Indian senior star Callie Johanson took 12th place with a 9.0, while Mahopac’s Jamison Castrataro finished in 17th with a score of 8.8 in her second trip to states.

On uneven bars, Mahopac’s Chloe Lee continued her progress, reaching 14th place after scoring 8.75 in the third state competition of her career. Fellow Indian Lia Graap made 24th place with a score of 7.8, while Johanson placed 28th.

In the balance beam, Lakeland/Panas’ Amanda Grigas placed 11th with a score of 9.175. Johanson came in 17th place, scoring 8.85.

Pellegrino landed in 29th place with a tally of 8.2, while fellow Rebel Jana Frattellone placed 31st with a score of 8.1.

The all-around talent Pellegrino bounced back on floor exercise, placing 16th with a score of 9.025. Mahopac’s do-it-all gymnast Johanson came right behind her at 17th with a 9.0 in the floor. Senior Indian Sydney Hughes placed 26th with a score of 8.5.

Johanson finished 19th in the all-around with a total score of 34.3 in her fifth state meet. Pellegrino was 24th in the all-around with a 33.125.

An experienced Mahopac team certainly benefited at this year’s state meet, and the future still looks quite bright.

“That tournament experience not only helps them in the future on the big stage,” Collins said, “but also helps them during the regular season as well.”