On the beam
Green Wave girls reflect on another banner gymnastics campaign
It's a tough chore to distinguish oneself amid such a litany of success.
Yet that's just what the New Milford High School gymnastics team did this winter.
Coach Bethany Mihaly's Green Wave has tasted New England title glory and several state championships, and has boasted multiple All-American athletes.
Yet the 2014-15 squad achieved two distinctions this season on which they can always look back proudly.
The Green Wave posted a 35-0 meet record, outpointing every opponent in its path from early January to late February.
Then, during state compeition in March, the girls achieved a 141.9 overall score, the highest in the program's nearly 40-year history.
That effort edged past a 141.65 score earned by the 2000-01 Green Wave.
"I was very proud of the entire team this year," said coach Mihaly, who fielded one of her largest squads, "and how they worked together to achieve a common goal."
The Green Wave captured the South-West Conference title in late February, then earned second place at the state Class M meet at Pomperaug High School in Southbury.
The girls proceeded to grab fourth place in the March 7 State Open, hosted by NMHS.
Among the team's leaders and its high-point producer, Lauren Wright qualified for New England competition, but was unable to compete because of an injury.
Teammate Erica Davidson was selected for Team Connecticut, which will represent the state at the national meet May 15-18 in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
The future is bright for the perennially strong Green Wave gymnasts.
"Even though we did so well, we had a ton of new kids," Mihaly said, "and it was a learning and growing year.
"Next year looks bright as well," she added.
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