The Woodstock Academy Centaurs gymnastics team is, once again, off to a 6-0 start.
The Centaurs, the defending State, State Open and New England champs, reached that mark with a pair of wins last week.
They downed Norwich Free Academy, 137.35 – 125.75 Jan. 25.
That was preceded by a 136.4- 121.5 win over their gym mates at Deary’s Gymnastics in Danielson, Jan. 22.
The 137.35 total against the Wildcats was the second-best finish of the season for the Redgals. They totaled a 137.55 in a win over Old Lyme at the beginning of the season.
“I’m happy with the development,” said coach Kasey Tocchio.
But there is still work to do.
The Centaurs are not the dominant force that they have been in recent years.
“We have some things to work on. We’re trying to get more consistency and, unlike in the past, we can’t afford slip ups.”
The Centaurs used to have Paige Stuyniski and Grace Logan who, with their consistently high scores in most events, were able to help the Centaurs out of some rough spots.
That task now falls to the likes of junior Ali Crescimanno.
Crescimanno started the season slowly.
She had to recover from injuries suffered in a car accident.
She has been able to accomplish that.
“Ali has been great. She has looked awesome in the last three meets. Her scores are improving and she is improving,” Tocchio said.
Crescimanno scored a 9.35 on the bars and a 9.3 in the vault, winning both events, and finishing first in the All-Around (35.6) for the Centaurs in their win over Norwich Free Academy at the Thames Valley Gym in Norwich Jan. 25.
She also finished first in three of the four events against the Redgals.
Crescimanno was first in the vault (9.3), bars (9.6) and floor (8.6) to finish with an all-around first-place total of 36.1. 
Others are stepping up.
Maddie Grube finished second in both meets with a 34.35 all-around total against the Wildcats and a 33.55 versus the Redgals. She won the beam competition in both.
Grace Gronski finished second in the beam and third in the All-Around with a 34.1 against NFA while Elise Boisvert was best on floor (8.75) for the Centaurs.
The Centaurs are still hoping Lydia Taft (back) and Jenna Davidson (knee) will be available for the bigger meets in February.
“Lydia is going to start doing some basic stuff. It depends on how her back feels, it’s up in the air,” Tocchio said. “Davidson has been down with the flu (last week). We need to get her back.”
Marc Allard
Sports Information Director

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