RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph girls gymnastics hit the mats this fall under the direction of 24 year head coach Susan Falleni.
Falleni has tabbed seniors Jordyn Kranis and Autumn Gioia as her squads captains for the 2017 season.
“Jordyn Kranis is a very talented all-around athlete who has continued to challenge herself every year on the gymnastics team,” said Falleni. “She is even doing the uneven bars this year and she hasn't trained on them in two years. She works well with her teammates and has embraced her role as a captain.”
Coach had similar praise for her other captain.
“Autumn Gioia is a second year captain who leads by example,” said Falleni. “She has the ability to direct the team with grace and maturity. This year her younger sister Skye has joined the team and has already made an impact.”
The Lady Rams tumblers finished last year with a record of 4-4, and took a 5th place finish at the A league championship. This year, the team has set a goal to place in the top four at the league meet, and to make it into the state sectional championship.
“As a team, our strengths lie in each other and in our hard work,” said Kranis. “This year we feel as though we strive to push each other to improve and be successful. We push each other whether it be in warmups or an actual meet.”
The team has seven seniors on the 18 member squad. In addition to the two senior captains named above, the senior class is rounded out by Paige Zangara, Sydney Teixeira, Amanda Class, Stefany Heilberger, and Mekayla Odonnell.
“This group of seniors are fun, talented and very wonderful young ladies,” said Falleni. “I knew from their first day of practice their freshman year that they were a special group of girls and it has been my pleasure to coach them every year. I am looking forward to a successful year ahead.”
The Lady Rams compete in the competitive North Jersey Gymnastics A league, where some of the highest scores in the state come from the league meets and sectional competitions.
The girls on the squad have formed a tremendous bond with each other from hours spent together jumping, tumbling, and flipping around the gym
“To all younger girls considering coming out for gymnastics, please do as it is honestly an amazing experience,” said Gioia. “It encompasses the drive to get new skills and to nail routines time after time, while at the same time you can joke around with your teammates who over the years will become your best friends. It gives you so many memories you can look back on and never forget.”
The Lady Rams record currently stands at 2-2-1.