Lakeland/Panas Beats Suffern, Improves to 4-0 in Gymnastics

Catherine Panzanaro took first with a 33.5 in the all-around in a meet with Suffern on Jan. 7. Credits: Vic McGee

Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown gymnasts both were in action at Dynamic Gymnastics at a tri-meet in Mohegan Lake on Jan. 7.

Lakeland/Panas improved its record to 4-0 with a 162.6-91.35 victory against Suffern.

Leading the way for the Rebels against Suffern was the very talented trio of Catherine Panzanaro, Caitlin Pellegrino and Liliana Oliviero.

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“We have a very young team,” Lakeland/Panas coach Sorin Cepoi said. “Most of them are eighth-and ninth-graders who look very promising. They have a long way to go, but they are young and if they progress, hopefully in a year or two we’ll make a very strong team where most of them qualify for the state tournament. That is our goal, to have all our members of the team qualify for the states.”

Panzanaro was first with an all-around score of 33.5, followed by Pellegrino (33.1) and Oliviero (32.4).

The key to the success for each of them was staying within themselves.

“I prefer that they do nice and clean routines with no mistakes,” Cepoi said. “That makes them confident and gives them confidence. It gives them motivation to say, next time I will work harder to further the skills I’m working on and this way we’ll have a good progression for the future.”

Yorktown had two gymnasts who travel with the Somers squad, but compete independently, in the Jan. 7 competition.

One of those two gymnasts was Marin Quinn, who accumulated an all-around score of 31.7.

“She is a very hard worker, one of my best workers, she is very consistent in her performances, and her all-around was 31.7,” Somers coach Teodora Cepoi said. “Her best event is floor, which she’ll usually score between 8.5 and close to 9.”

Melina Iavarone, Yorktown’s other gymnast who competed at the tri-meet, also did a solid job as she as well brings a consistent effort to everything she does in gymnastics.

“She did pretty well, she did what she was capable of doing,” Teodora Cepoi said. “She had a 29.5 all-around. She’s pretty much consistent with all of her performances.”

That consistency is what makes Iavarone successful.

“Since we started the season she’s pretty much doing the same thing, not making mistakes and I am very pleased with her work,” Teodora Cepoi said.

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