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Conard Gymnasts Vault over Southington

Long-awaited victory over perennial powerhouse Southington happens Thursday night.

For as long as anyone can remember, gymnastics team has lost to Southington.

Even during the past two seasons, when Conard has fielded a team of seasoned high-level gymnasts with club experience, a victory over Southington remained elusive.

That all changed Thursday night in front of a vocal home crowd at , when Conard's athletes vaulted, tumbled, and flipped in their best meet of this season, topping Southington, 137.95-135.1.

Head coach Laurie Scinto cried tears of joy, and was proud of the team's outstanding performance and positive attitude.

Conard's gymnasts earned top scores of the meet on Bars (freshman Jackie Palermo, 9.2), Beam (junior Katie Newton, 8.5), and Floor (Palermo, 9.4). Southington sophomore Kayla Nati had the meet's high score on Vault with a 9.1, just ahead of Palermo who earned 9.0. Conard senior Ellen Bridgman, and juniors Shannon Bouvier, Taylor Hadra, and Amanda Sloan, also had outstanding performances.

After three meets, Conard's team average for the season is 136.1, putting the team in 4th place.

The Chieftains next face reigning state champion Glastonbury on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Gymnastics Express II in Glastonbury.

Pat Newton January 27, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Congratulations Conard! And especially congratulations, Katie!!
Leslie January 27, 2012 at 02:56 PM
So many have watched this team grow over the past several years! It is incredibly nice when the hard work and determination pay off with an outstanding performance and subsequent win over Southington!! Congratulations Conard Gymnastics!!
Sue Farrell January 29, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Great job ladies! I am so glad I was there to watch you all perform so well! Now go give Glastonbury a run for their money! Good luck!

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