CARMEL, N.Y.— Lakeland/Panas/Putnam Valley competed in the Section 1 gymnastics championships at Carmel High School on Feb. 14 and it truly had a great showing as it tallied 166.85 points, placing second to champion Mahopac (167.375 points), which won the sectionals for the second year in a row.
The Rebels also did an outstanding job on an individual basis as Caitlin Pellegrino took first in the vault (9.4) and in addition, four of their gymnasts, including Pellegrino, earned the right to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.
Amanda Grigas earned her spot in the state championships, which will be held at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Long Island on March 4, by finishing in the top three in the all-around with a score of 34.8.
“Placing third at sectionals felt amazing but there are still some things I would like to improve on before states,” said Grigas, who was third in the uneven bars (8.75), fourth in the balance beam (8.8) and fifth in the floor exercise (9.1).
Each of the top three overall performers earned automatic spots in the state tournament.
Then 12 more gymnasts that consisted of three specialists per event were selected by the Section 1 committee and they made the state tourney as well.
The Rebels who were selected by the committee were Pellegrino (balance beam), Jana Frattellone (floor exercise) and Liliana Oliviero (vault).
“Going to states with the three of them for the second year in a row will be so much fun and having four girls from the L/P/PV team is a great accomplishment,” Grigas said.
Fratellone was fourth in the all-around with a 33.2. She was sixth in the vault (8.85) and the floor (9.05). Pellegrino placed third in the floor (9.25), was sixth in the beam (8.525) and seventh all-around (33.175).
Marin Quinn competed for Yorktown and tied for sixth in the bars with a 7.85.
The Rebels’ quartet is confident that with hard work that it can do very well when it travels to Long Island.
“I know that all of us could really help out the Section 1 team this year and that we will all be focused on perfecting our skills,” Grigas said.
Alyssa Limardo and Catherine Panzanaro also competed in the sectionals for the Rebels and performed well, according to Grigas.
“Alyssa and Catherine really make up our team because they are both hard workers and they’re always cheering for everyone on the team,” Grigas said. “They can give us really good scores. They really help us out at competitions.”