SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Gymnastics Team, relying on contributions from each and every team member, delivered a school-record tying score to bring home the second place trophy at the Union County Championships.
Entering the tournament seeded fourth, the Hilltoppers placed behind Westfield, and their total score of 106.3 was enough to edge AL Johnson by the slim margin of .025. Scotch Plains-Fanwood finished in fourth place.
The team, which returned nearly all of its varsity athletes from last season’s strong showing, had been having an up and down season, battling minor injuries throughout, At the County Tournament, the Hilltoppers were led by sophomores Abby Claus and Alysia Lopez, who tied for sixth place All-Around with a 35.75. Claus and Lopez brought home two event medals as well, with Lopez finishing fifth on vault (9.025) and second on beam with a school-record setting score of 9.45. Claus finished fifth on floor (9.25), and won the silver medal on bars with a 9.25.
Junior Emily Donohue tied her career high All-Around score of 33.5, putting up solid scores on vault (8.675) and beam (8.55). Junior Kaitlin Stewart set a career high 9.0 on beam. Junior Noa Efron competed as an event specialist on bars, beam, and floor, putting up a strong 9.075 on floor. Sophomore Ginny Collins competed as an event specialist on vault and bars, putting up a solid 8.45 on vault. Sophomore Alexis Greenblatt was the competition alternate.
Summit’s next travels to Bishop Ahr HS to compete in the NJSIAA North II Sectional Championships. The Hilltoppers will bring with them the largest group of competitors in school history. Currently, seven members of the team -- sophomores Claus, Greenblatt, Lopez and Collins, along with juniors Efron, Donohue and Stewart -- are qualified to enter this championship having earned their spots by achieving qualifying scores throughout the season.
The team will also be vying for the overall team title, facing off against Union County Champion, Westfield, currently ranked eighth in the State, Watchung Hills, currently ranked fourth, Bishop Ahr, the 2013 NJSIAA State Champions, and very strong teams from AL Johnson, Scotch Plains, Old Bridge, and Cranford.