SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The South Plainfield Tigers Girls’ Gymnastics team vaulted their way into history capturing South Plainfield’s first ever Girls Gymnastics title winning with a combined score of 110.25 at Saturday’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament. South Plainfield Senior Nicole Sottiriou stole the show placing first in all four disciplines and winning the “All Around” with a score of 38.575. “It is amazing. We have one of the smallest teams. Everyone had a job to do, and everyone contributed,” said Sottiriou. “Sometimes great things come in small packages.”
Sottiriou could not be any more accurate. The Tigers received contributions up and down their lineup. South Plainfield had four gymnasts placing in the top 10 in the All Around with Sottiriou placing 1st, Allison Graves placing 5th with a 35.75, Gianna Marcovecchio placing 7th with a 34.675 and Kayla Massaro placing 9th with a 34.00.
In the Vault Sottiriou placed first with a 9.7, South Plainfield’s Meagan Praul placed 6th with a 9.0 and Allison Graves placed 9th with an 8.7.
In the Balance Beam Sottiriou placed 1st with a 9.75, Massaro placed 4th with a 9.10, Tiger teammate Kristi Maher placed 5th with a 9.05, Marcovecchio placed 6th with an 8.9 and Graves placed 8th with an 8.75.
In the Uneven Bars Sottiriou placed 1st with a 9.525, Graves 3rd with an 8.975, and Marcovecchio 6th with an 8.65.
In the Floor Exercises Sottiriou placed 1st with a 9.6, Graves placed 2nd with a 9.325 and Marcovecchio placed 7th with an 8.875.
“The girls were super focused. They came in ready. We had our best bus ride, our best warm up and our best meet thus far. Each event we had a different team and they knew that had a job to do and that’s what they did. They showed up, they believed and they shined,” said head coach Meredith Garofalo. “I couldn't be happier for them or more proud. We had a lot of supporters and that meant so much to them as well.”
“Since Gianna, Kayla and I were freshmen we always had the County Championship as a goal. What a way to end our senior season, said Sottiriou.”
“Nicole was just on point. She was determined and she was ready and she just hit. The girls were so happy for her and the seniors. They all deserved it they worked hard and they are going to keep working,” said Garofalo.