New Milford Gymnastics overcomes obstacles for strong season
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The New Milford High School gymnastics team faced many obstacles during the 2017-18 season but overcame them to have a strong finish.
Various injuries, a concussion and the flu made it a long season for the Green Wave. There always seemed to be something happening to a member of the team, but New Milford didn’t let it stop them from working toward their goals.
“The 2017-2018 season was plagued with ankle injuries. At any given time there were three to five girls in boots or on crutches, plus a concussion,” New Milford coach Bethany Mihaly said.
Coach Mihaly credits senior captain Aly Svinte with keeping the team on track.
“Aly had a difficult job trying to keep spirits up with all of the different injuries we had. She did a great job,” Mihaly said.
As a team the Green Wave came in fourth in the SWC’s and went into the state meet ranked seventh. They fought hard and finished that meet in fifth place.
Senior Mikayla Dumas fought through the flu and finished the season with a foot injury, but never quit. In the SWC competition she finished seventh on vault, first on bars and beam, third on floor and tied for second All-Around.
At the State Open meet, Dumas finished fifth on vault and seventh on bars, which qualified her for the New England meet for her first time. In the New England meet, Dumas came in 24th on vault and 19th on bars.
Dumas will be part of Team CT for the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase in May in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Also competing well at the SWC meet were:
On vault—Jillian Langworthy, 10th, Jillian Melendez and Anna Santarelli tied for 11th.
On bars—Jillian Melendez and Ashley Jennings tied for 13th, Morgan Donnelly 14th.
On beam—Anna Santarelli, 7th, Maddy Slupatchuk 10th and Ashley Jennings 12th
On floor—Caitlyn Chemero 8th, Anna Santarelli 9th, Morgan Donnelly and Sheah Tooley tied for 12th.
In the All Around, Anna Santarelli came in 15th which qualified her for All Conference Honorable Mention.
“We finished the season on a high note with a moving up finish at states and even though we are losing five seniors, we look forward to a strong team next year,” Mihaly said.