SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ-- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School gymnastics team has repeated as Union County Champions after posting a season high 108.525 team score versus rivals Westfield and Summit to secure first place in the county.
With an all-around team effort and contributions from girls across all classes, the team was able to string together a handful of top tier performances in order to claim victory.
“Floor was our really big push, that was our last event and the girls were really eager and motivated to go out with a bang, they had the best floor routines I saw all season,” said first year varsity coach Marissa DiBella.
Junior Tamara Singletary scored 9.45 on her floor routine and 9.3 on vault, finishing first in that event. On the beam, sophomore Jordana Reisberg scored 9.25, and Coach DiBella says this was key because with her score and performance on beam it really helped to secure the win. Shay Farley also showed up big time on the bars earning a first-place finish with a score of 9.1 after being injured most of the season. Additionally, Freshman Ella Burgio scored 8.925 on vault and 8.875 on beam to contribute to her team’s score.
On the bars, Sophomore Ava Leonetti scored an 8.9 secured third place to contribute to the win.
Another freshman who came up with a clutch performance was Ava Fazio who scored 9.25 on vault, finishing in second place. Coach DiBella says she has been a strong vaulter all season for majority of the meets and always delivers.
“It was great to have her contribute,” said DiBella. “Ella really came out and gave it her all, taught herself a front-handed walkover specifically for counties, and was able to pull it off in competition.”
Coming in as a new coach, DiBella was determined to establish a new culture throughout the program and says that was a big reason for her team’s success in winning the county.
“The biggest thing that we were focusing on was revamping the atmosphere of the team and at the moment that we won, it felt like we all contributed, and it felt like a win for everyone. The goal was to get us to be one united team and I think we did that, winning counties just solidified it,” DiBella said. “I couldn’t have done it without my assistant coach Tara Bozernik. She has been very big on creating this atmosphere for the girls, and as a group we achieved that together.”
"It was an amazing experience because we had a season with a few injuries and some ups-and-downs," said junior Ava McKenzie, who scored an 8.75 on the floor exercise. "In the end, we were able to pull through and continue what we started last year."
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