EDISON, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood had a strong showing at the NJSIAA North 2 Gymnastics Sectional Title meet at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Edison on Saturday, but fell short of its goal of a state championship.
The competition began with the vault. Raiders Shaylin Farley and Tamyra Singletary tied for fifth place, while Elisa Bianco placing ninth.
On bars, Elisa Bianco, Kelly Zimmerman, and Shaylin Farley all placing for us. Beam was a strong event as well with Sahlin Farley placing tenth and Jordana Reisberg taking sixth place. Moving into our last event, floor, we knew we needed to hit all top 3 routines.
One of our top 3 did not hit, but Shaylin Farley ended up placing fourth on floor. All Around individual place winners were Jordana Reisberg (11th place), Elisa Bianco (9th place), and Shaylin Farley third place with an all around score of 36.325.
Overall, Scotch Plains-Fanwood scored a 106.95, one of the team's highest scores all season long. Due to a less than perfect performance on floor, the Raiders came up 0.4 short of moving on to the State Tournament as a team.
TEAM SCORES: 1) Old Bridge 109.125. 2) Scotch Plains-Fanwood 106.95. 3) Summit 105.3. 4) Cranford 103.75. 5) St. Thomas Aquinas 103.65. 6) Ridge 102.375. 7) Westfield 102.15.
The top team in each of the five sections automatically moves on to the State Tournament along with the next highest 5 team scores from all the sections combined.
Shaylin Farley will move on to the State Tournament as an individual all-around competitor.
"Shay has been steady and consistent all season long with her scores slowly creeping up with each meet," said Coach Lisa Cerchio. "I know she will enter into this tournament with poise and composure and bring tremendous pride to the Raiders!"
"This entire season has been an amazing journey, filled with unprecedented growth and new school records being set," said Coach Cerchio added. "I am excited to see what next season holds for this team, as I know their future looks bright!"
Amanda Scheuerman of Old Bridge won the all-around competition with a score of 37.700, just ahead of her teammate Mackenzie Aresta (36.750). Shay Farley of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (36.325) finished third, followed by Catherine Singow of Summit (36.125) and Rebecca Brady of Watchung Hills (36.025). The top five in each event and all-around, advance to the State Individual Championships, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9:00 a.m. at Montgomery.