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tie for
ECC title
The Woodstock Academy gymnastics team clinched at least a tie for the Eastern Connecticut Conference regular season title with a 134.2 -127.35 win over Stonington on Jan. 31.
“This group has fought for it this year, they’re well-deserving,” said Woodstock Academy coach Kasey Tocchio. “A lot of them have had to step up. A lot of them have added stuff to their routine that is new for them this year. It’s exciting.”
Ali Crescimanno was best in the All-Around for the Centaurs (8-0, 5-0 ECC) with a 34.7. The junior was best in the bars (9.45) and floor competitions (8.85).
“It feels good to get the win, but there were a few mistakes here and there. I fell on the beam. In away meets, it’s different than being in your home gym. You have to adjust to the equipment, but it’s good to have them because of the state (championship) and State Open,” Crescimanno said.
Putnam’s Maggie McKeon, a team-of-one, was best in beam.
The Redgals had one more regular season meet with Norwich Free Academy before the postseason begins.
That happens on Wednesday, Feb. 14 when the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship will be held at Deary’s Gymnastics in Danielson.
“We’ve had our ups-and-downs through the season, but the last two weeks have been consistent for us,” Tocchio said.
The Centaurs have been hitting around the 137-point mark.
While that will get the job done in the ECC and, possibly, the state championship, it may be a little short when it comes to the State Open as some teams in the state have been clearing the 140 mark.
“I think we have a shot (at the state championship),” Crescimanno said. “If everyone stays confident and consistent and go hit-after-hit, I do think we’re capable of doing it this year.”
Tocchio hoped to hit 138 points in the Centaurs final regular season meet and there is reason for optimism down the road.
“We have some injuries that are getting better,” Tocchio said. “Lydia (Taft) just started to do some conditioning stuff. You never know, we might be able to get some routines bumped up. I think what the girls are doing now is getting really close to their best. So, if 138 is our best, I’m OK with that. We’re just trying to see what our highest peak score is and we will go from there.”
Marc Allard
Sports Information Director

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