After another SWC title, Green Wave gymnasts set sights on states
Published 12:39 pm, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
NEW MILFORD - It was a little closer than expected, but the New Milford High School gymnastics team pulled out another Southwest Conference title and is now looking to make some noise in states.
Junior Mikayla Dumas won the SWC all-around title and that sparked the Green Wave to their fourth straight SWC crown. The Green Wave finished with 132.5 to edge Newtown (131.75). Oxford (129.0) finished third followed by Pomperaug (128.05) and Nonnewaug (126.85).
“It was a little closer than I thought it was going to be,” New Milford coach Bethany Mihaly said. “The girls were a little worried, going in but I wasn’t. I looked at our average and it was six points higher than the next closest team.”
New Milford won the bars and beam at the SWC meet and was second in the floor exercise and third on the vault. They finished ahead of Newtown in three of the four events, losing only the floor exercise by a tenth of a point.
“I thought we did very, very well, some people pulled stuff out of a bag,” Mihaly said. “I don’t know where they got the bag but there was some really good stuff by our girls.”
Dumas won the all-around title with a score of 35.75 points. Emily Baktis of Oxford was second with 35.65 points. Pomperaug’s Megan Muller (35.0) was third followed by Allyson Kenny (34.3) of Newtown, Sofia Eschmann (33.6) of Nonnewaug and New Milford’s Angela Lian in sixth with a score of 33.45.
It was New Milford’s fourth consecutive conference crown, and Dumas’ second straight all-around conference title. Dumas’ winning score included scores of 9.2 on the uneven bars, 9.0 on the vault, 8.8 on the floor exercise and 8.75 on the balance beam.
The top six gymnasts in the all-around earned All-SWC honors.
“Mikayla is performing well considering she is hurt. Her groin is bothering her, so is her foot so she had been on rest and was coming off almost two weeks of no practice and she did very well considering that,” Mihaly said. “And Angela, second on the beam, All-SWC, she did a great job. She’s a captain and has great work ethic. I can always count on her.”
New Milford followed up their SWC win with victories over Staples of Westport and Pomperaug on Tuesday and closed the regular season Thursday against Wilton and Fairfield Ludlowe. The state championship divisional meets are on February 25 and the Green Wave are preparing and waiting to see who they will be matched up against.
The top 24 teams in the state qualify for the championships. Once the 24 are determined by scoring averages, they are split into Class L, Class M and Class S with eight teams competing in each group.
“Depending on the group and competition, we will be shooting for a high finish,” Mihaly said. “Greenwich, Woodstock, if they are in our group it will be tough but we can still shoot for the title or runner-up, if it’s someone else, I think we can take it if we all hit our routines.”