EDISON, NJ - The Summit High School Gymnastics Team took third place, their highest finish in school history, at the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2 Championships at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, earning the squad a podium spot in a competition that featured 14 teams and 89 gymnasts.
In order to qualify for the championship, gymnasts must achieve certain qualifying scores on each event at two separate meets during the regular season. Summit entered the meet seeded third, which turned out to be spot on.
The Maroon and White (105.35) finished behind Old Bridge (109.125) and second place Scotch Plains Fanwood (106.35). The top three teams were well ahead of the rest of the field, with Cranford (103.35), Thomas Aquinas (103.65), Ridge (102.375) and Westfield (102.15) rounding out the top seven.
The 'Top was led by junior co-captain Catherine Singow who finished fourth overall with a 36.125, which earned Summit's first ever trip to the NJSIAA Individual State Championships in the All-Around. She also took third place on beam (9.25), sixth on bars (9.1) and seventh on floor (9.075).
Sophomore Emma Burke finished 13th overall, 13th on vault, and earned all-Section honors on floor with a 9.225 and sixth place. Senior co-captain Sofia Confalonieri finished 16th overall and won all-section honors with her 8.725 on beam for 12th place. Junior Emma Claus finished 23rd overall with a 33.25. Her best event was vault where she was 20th with an 8.725.
Sophomore Mia Murdock finished 19th on floor (8.6) and 22nd on beam (8.475). Isabel Claus competed on bars and vault, where she finished 29th with an 8.575. Junior Quinn Meyer competed on floor, bars and her best event vault, earning an 8.3. Junior Margaret Griffith was able to return from an early season knee injury to qualify on both beam and vault, where she put up her best score of 8.4. Junior Charlotte Girouard competed on vault and bars where she earned a 7.525.
Singow will compete November 9 at Montgomery High School with the meet starting at 9:15 a.m.