Gymnasts open with loss to North Attleboro

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The CHS gymnastics team opened the 2015-2016 season with an away loss to North Attleboro (132.15-120.55) on December 23.

The team is led by second-year head coach Juliette Marcotti, and their goal this season is to pick up their first meet win in two years. Last year, the team averaged 120 points per meet but finished the regular season with two of their best scores.

Despite last week’s loss to NA, Marcotti was encouraged by the girls’ performance, particularly on vault, where the girls posted the highest overall score (33.15), led by Anita Wekler’s 9.05.

“For the girls’ first meet they did a great job,” Marcotti said. “Everyone was very supportive and had great energy. There is always room for improvement, but that’s our goal — strive for progress not perfection.”

This year’s team is led by senior captains Stephanie Milne, Arianna Poznick, and Mollie Norian. Other team members include Erika Lum, Kehla Minkin, Melissa Wong, Grace Kamin, Wekler, Jamie Cree, Maddie Clogher, Grace Mondillo, Lili Fleming, Kierce Tarmy, and Cassie Loftus.

The team is bolstered by the return of Milne, a top all-around gymnast and a former league all-star who missed the last two seasons due to injury. Other top returning gymnasts include Loftus, a junior, who posted strong scores on floor exercise, balance beam, and vault; Lum, a sophomore, who consistently posted scores of 8.0 or higher on vault; and Minkin, a junior who turned in solid contributions last season.

The next meet for the lady gymnasts was scheduled for December 30 at Mansfield. The team will then begin a stretch of five straight at its home facility, the Metro South Gymnastics Academy on Revere Street, starting with next Wednesday’s meet against Sharon.

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