SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School Gymnastics team vaulted to victory Tuesday night, edging out Jonathan Dayton High School to win their annual Senior Night and Think Pink Meet.
South Plainfield achieved their highest score of the season, taking the Oct. 9 meet by a score of 103.45 to 99.275 over their Springfield rivals. The win brings the Lady Tigers to 3-2 on the season.
“We’re so proud of the team,” said head coach Meredith Garofalo. “They worked hard to achieve their highest score of the season.”
During the Oct. 9 meet, senior Brianna Spadavecchia, the team’s co-captain, took second in All-Around with a score of 33.775 as well as placed second on beam (9.1) and second on floor (8.75). Sophomore Nicolle Marish came in third All-Around with a score of 33.5 and also took second on vault (8.7), third on bars (7.8), and third on floor (8.625). Additionally, senior Keiana Green vaulted to third place with a score of 8.6 and freshman Antonella Notino took first place in both vault (9.05) and bars (8.9) as well as third place on beam (8.9).
South Plainfield completely owned the floor exercise component of Tuesday night’s competition, with gymnasts showing off their routines to place in the top four spots for the event. Junior Asha Palms garnered first place with a score of 9.025 followed by Spadavecchia (8.75), senior co-captain Tiffany Parajan (8.725), and Marish (8.625).
“Collectively, the girls all came together with high spirits and determination for this year’s Think Pink Senior Night Meet,”said Garofalo, adding, “They were supportive of each other and it showed through their success. We rocked it!"
The Senior Night Think Pink Meet is held annually in October and serves as an opportunity for the outgoing seniors to thank their parents while also acknowledging Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Prior to the start of Tuesday night’s meet, senior gymnasts Green along with Spadavecchia and Parajon and team manager Sarah Gwiazda recognized their parents for their dedication and support. Additionally, through the sale of T-shirts and leotard donations the team raised $150, which was donated to the South Plainfield Middle School Cancer Club.
“I truly love this meet. It’s such a great cause and the girls love giving back,” said Garofalo, adding, “It’s also bittersweet for our seniors since we begin to say good-bye, but know we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us. We’re excited to finish strong.”
The SPHS Gymnastics Team is led by Garofalo, assistant coach Elyse Phillips, and volunteer coach Alyssa Wetzel with assistance from student managers Gwiazda, and juniors Shabana Rushianally and Jessica Romero. The roster includes seniors Green, Parajon, and Spadavecchia; junior Palms; sophomore Marish; and freshmen Notino, Isabella Flores, Brook Marotta, and Jenna Slover.
The SPHS Gymnastics Team will head to Old Bridge High School on Thursday and compete in the Varity Greater Middlesex Conference on Saturday, Oct. 20 at South Brunswick High School (time to be determined).
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