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Flurry of Firsts for Darien YMCA Gymnasts


Bringing home a blizzard of awards from the annual Snowflake Invitational at the Wilton YMCA is becoming a habit for Darien YMCA gymnastics. Fourteen gymnasts won individual All-Around (AA) titles for their level and age group and Levels 4 through 8 won team championships.

The Level 7 squad set the pace with a sweep of the team and AA titles. Kristie Alianiello was the AA champ in the 11-13 age group with 36.40 and placed third on floor, fifth on beam and second on bars and vault where she tied Julia Decsi. Decsi was also third AA and topped the podium on floor and beam where she tied Anna Primmer.  Primmer vaulted to first with 9.5 and was second on floor and fourth AA.

Sofia Alarcon-Frias swung to fourth on bars and was third on beam, fifth on floor and sixth on vault and AA. Melina Cardini earned sixth on bars and fifth on floor while Lauren Smith was sixth on beam and fourth on floor.

Emma Neaderland topped the AA podium in the 14-15 age group with 36.50 and was third on vault and bars and second on beam and floor. Emma Kelly vaulted to first with 9.3 and was second on bars and AA and third on beam and floor where she tied Lucy Collins. Collins never wavered in winning beam with 9.4 and was second on vault, fifth on bars and third AA.  Megan Mitchell flipped to first on floor with 9.4 and was sixth on vault and bars.

Lana Schmidt dominated the 16 and up group, taking first for AA, beam, floor and vault with a huge 9.6.  Kerry McDermott placed second on both vault and beam.

Sofia DeStefano led the first place Level 8 team, topping the podium on vault, bars, beam and AA with 36.75 in the 12-13 age group.  Abigail Nevin had four of a kind, taking second on bars, beam, floor and AA.  Anna Moss vaulted to second.

Tori Ware took first on floor and AA in the 14-15 age group, placed third on bars and vault where she tied Saskia Chermayeff and also tied Sofia Iuteri for second on beam. Chermayeff soared to 9.5 to win bars and was fourth on beam, third on floor and second AA. Iuteri also placed fourth on vault, second on bars and floor and third AA.  Olivia Perkins scored second on vault and Bella DeStefano was third.

Kaitlyn Moussignac was the vault champ in the 16s group with 9.35 and was fourth on beam and third on floor.  Gianna Cardini was the sole Level 9 competitor, earning her top scores on vault and floor.  

The third place Level 3 squad was led by Sabina Molnar, who won floor and AA with huge scores of 9.75 and 36.70 and earned fifth on bars and second on vault and beam in the 6-8 age group. Grace Creanza was the beam champ with 9.2 and was third on vault, fourth AA and sixth on bars and floor. Audrey Zuniga and Elsa Keehlwetter placed fifth and sixth on vault respectively.

Kate Whitticom swung to first on bars in the 9s group and placed fifth on vault and second on beam, floor and AA.  Helli Jalakas vaulted to second and was sixth on bars and fourth on beam. Carrie Coughlin was champ on beam and AA in the 10s group and placed second on floor and third on vault and bars where she tied Nicole Recinos. Recinos also scored fourth on vault and beam. Isabelle Noel vaulted to sixth.

In the 11s group, Evelin Arreguin placed third on beam and vault and sixth on bars and AA.  Elise DeGennaro scored seventh on vault and sixth on beam.

The champion Level 4 team was paced by Avery Hanson who swept the event and AA titles with a huge 37.65 in the 10s group.  Molly Zengo took sixth on floor, second on vault bars and third AA.  Lily Royce earned fourth on beam and was sixth on vault and AA.  Hannah Reyna earned her meet high score on floor.

Jacquelyn Coppola topped the podium on vault, floor, AA and beam with a super 9.7 and was third on bars in the 8-9 group. Eve Calio swung to first on bars with 9.35 and was fourth on beam and floor and second on vault and AA.  

Courtney Timmeny was fifth on vault, third AA and second on bars, floor and beam where she tied Taylor Davies. Davies also earned fifth on floor. Violet Peroni had a full house, taking third on beam, floor and vault and fourth on bars and AA.  Anna Rogers scored sixth on vault and beam.

Tatum Jaroch was champ on beam in the 11s group with 9.45 and also fourth on bars, seventh on vault, sixth AA and fifth on floor where she tied Tanner Shanley. Shanley also tied Hannah Dudek for ninth on beam. Dudek took eighth on bars and vault where she tied Rhea Rai. Rai also took tenth on beam and floor. Shayna Moeller swung to third on bars and was fifth on beam, fourth on floor, tenth on vault and seventh AA. Kaia Woodman scored ninth on floor.

In the 12s group, Annelise Enters scored second on floor and third on bars, AA and vault where she tied Emma Bookless. Bookless was the beam champ with 9.3 and placed fifth on floor and AA.  Ingrid Kerr took fourth on floor and vault and sixth on bars and AA.  Jahnavi Orr earned her meet high score on floor.

Brook Wallace placed third on bars in the 13 and up group and champ on vault, floor, AA and beam where she shared the title with Olivea Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum was also third on vault and second on bars, floor and AA.

The first place Level 5 team was paced by Mina Leon who topped the podium in the 11s group for AA and all events including floor where she tied Stella Nehro with 9.5. Nehro was also third on vault, fourth on beam and second AA.  Alexandra Kuras placed fifth on bars, fourth on vault and third on beam, floor and AA.

Kayla Koproski took a trio of titles in the 8-10 group, winning vault, floor and AA and placing second on bars. Tess Hennigan earned third on bars and beam and second on AA, vault where she tied Emily Rizzi and floor were she tied Ava Telgheder. Rizzi was steady to score 9.6 for first on beam and was third on floor and AA.  Telgheder also vaulted to third and Olivia Davis took second on beam.

Elsa Del Bene swung to third on bars, placed fourth on floor and AA, fifth on beam and sixth on vault. Madeleine McGivney scored second on both bars and beam while Katie Primmer earned fifth on vault.

Reilly Costello was champ on vault, beam, floor and AA in the 12s group and fifth on bars. Isabella Koproski took second on vault, beam and AA and third on bars where she tied Penelope Arredondo. Arredondo was also third on beam and AA, fourth on floor and tied Sofia Geffner for fifth on vault. Geffner also scored fifth on beam.

Chloe Sernick captured first on beam and floor in the 13 and up group and was second on vault and fourth AA.  Mia Macdonald took fourth on both vault and bars while Alex Decsi was third on vault.

The team champ Level 6 squad was led by Alexa Bell, who captured the vault and floor titles with 9.2 and 9.85 in the 12-13 group and was third on bars and second on beam and AA.  Ava Licata earned fifth on beam, fourth AA and second on bars and floor. Ali Kolman never wavered in winning beam with 9.3 and placed third on vault and fifth on floor and AA.  Tanner Generoso scored second on vault and third on floor.

Ellie Davies captured the bars and beam titles with 9.0 and 9.45 in the 10-11 group and was third on floor and second AA. Emily McKee vaulted to third while Sophie Root took second on floor. In the 14 and up group, Sommer Schmidt scored fourth on vault and fifth on beam.

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