Mahopac Gymnasts Drop Tight Match With Clarkstown

Lia Graap focuses on the balance beam. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall
Sarah Citarella flips in the balance beam. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall

MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It was a tight-knit affair when Mahopac’s gymnastics team faced off with perennially strong Clarkstown.

Clarkstown edged the host Indians, 169.2-167.55, at Lakeview Elementary School on Jan. 18. Scarsdale also competed and rang up 129.4 points.

“A good team effort. We came up a little short today to a very good Clarkstown team,” Mahopac coach Vin Collins said.

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Callie Johanson was first in three out of the four events but took second in the all-around to Clarkstown’s Alexa Henshaw.

Johanson won the vault (9.0) and uneven bars (9.15) outright and tied for first in the floor exercise (9.5) with Henshaw. She was fifth in the balance beam (8.45).

Eighth-grader Lia Graap was right behind Johanson in third for the all-around (34.8). She was third in the bars (8.55) and beam (8.95) and fourth in the floor (9.1). She took fifth in the vault. “Lia keeps improving—her best all-around of the season.”

Sydney Hughes was sixth all-around with a 33.3. Her top performance came in the beam where she took second (9.35). She also was fourth in the vault (8.35).

Indian Julie Santoiemma was sixth in the bars with a 7.5. “Julie keeps improving on bars,” Collins noted. “Today was one of her best routines of the season.”

Mahopac placed first out of eight teams in the FDR/Katie Filiberti Invitational on Jan. 15. The Indians posted 171.275 team points with Saratoga taking second (168.525).

“A very competitive meet; our gymnasts rose to the challenge,” Collins said. “A terrific team effort. I’m proud of all of our gymnasts.”

Johanson was victorious in the all-around with 37.050. She was first in the floor (9.575), beam (9.225) and vault (9.325), while finishing second in the bars (8.925). “Callie had a great meet today—solid in every event,” Collins said.

Graap was fourth in the all-around (33.575) with Jamison Castrataro taking fifth (33.35). Castrataro was fifth in the vault (8.55) while Graap was sixth in both the vault (8.425) and bars.

Chloe Lee won the bars with an 8.95 and was sixth in the beam (8.8). Hughes finished fifth in the bars (7.875).

“Chloe had a great set on bars today as did Sydney, Julie Santoiemma and Lia,” Collins said. “Some of the best routines of the season.”

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