Lakeland/Panas' Grigas Shines at States

Amanda Grigas competes in the uneven bars as her coach Sorin Cepoi looks on. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas/Putnam Valley’s gymnastics squad had plenty to be proud of as some of its members stood out at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Cold Spring Harbor High School on March 4.

One of the Rebel gymnasts who especially stood out was junior captain Amanda Grigas, who placed 14th in the all-around and third among Section 1 participants with a score of 34.85.

“Placing 14th as an individual is great because I worked hard in the gym and it really paid off,” Grigas said.

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Grigas did her best in the floor exercise, in which Section 1 finished third as a team, by scoring a 9.0.

“I got a 9.0 on floor because floor can really get me hyped up for the meet and gives me a lot of energy for the rest of the competition,” Grigas said.

As a team, Section 1 placed fourth with a total of 176.35 points, with Section 6 winning it.

“Finishing fourth as a team is a great accomplishment,” Grigas said. “There are some tough competitors at this state meet, but the team kept everyone motivated and hyped to compete.”

Two other Rebels shined with Jana Frattellone placing 11th in the floor exercise with a score of 9.175 and Liliana Oliviero finishing tied for 17th in the vault by recording a tally of 8.7.

“This was Liliana’s last year at states and I know she really wanted to end her high-school season on a high note,” Grigas said. “She really worked on perfecting her landing and it definitely paid off. Jana always does a great floor routine. She had an injury this week, but that definitely didn’t stop her from giving us a great score.”

Grigas will now look to have her own happy ending next year at states in her senior campaign and is willing to do the work to make that happen.

“The key to getting back to states next year is perfecting my skills now and maybe adding some new skills to my routines,” Grigas said.

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