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    Back-to-back gymnastics titles for Bridgewater-Raynham/WB

    Bridgewater - Raynham West Bridgewater gymnasts Alison Silva during her floor routine at the MIAA state gymnastics championship, at Shrewsbury High, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.
    Mark Lorenz for the Globe
    Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater gymnast Alison Silva performs her floor routine at the MIAA state gymnastics championship.

    SHREWSBURY — Two-10ths of a point determined the MIAA girls’ gymnastics state championship on Saturday afternoon.

    Defending state champion Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater captured back-to-back state titles after earning a team score of 144.475, less than a point ahead of Mansfield (144.275).

    Masconomet/Lynnfield finished third (143.775).


    B-R/WB prevailed after starting the day with what coach Stephen Cudworth identified as a dismal first rotation.

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    “I pulled the girls aside after the first event and I said, ‘You guys are state champions and you need to act like state champions,’ ” said Cudworth. “In the next three events they did exactly what I asked them to. I couldn’t be any prouder.”

    Cudworth praised sophomore Olivia Keyes for her second-place all-around performance worth 37.575 points. Keyes earned top-two finishes during B-R/WB’s floor (9.475) and beam (9.550).

    “Last week I wasn’t happy with my score,” said Keyes, who pulled off a difficult double-pike during her floor routine.

    “Hearing my team really pumped me up and allowed me to do that.”


    Keyes finished second to all-around champion Gracy Mowers (38.000) of Masconomet/Lynnfield. Mowers finished in first place in the floor (9.700).

    Only 2 points separated Reading, Mansfield, Masconomet/Lynnfield, and B-R/WB atop the composite team standings after the third rotation.

    B-R/WB junior Kara Devereaux saw her opportunity to break the stalemate and defend her team’s state title during the fourth rotation.

    Devereaux delivered an impressive 9.275 while anchoring the B-R/WB vault.

    “I knew I was the last person and that I had to do it,” said Devereaux. “It was one of those things where I thought, ‘OK, I got this. Vault’s my thing and it’s the best thing I do.’ ”


    Medway/Holliston/Millis’s Carson Cronin finished first in the individual vault (9.700) and beam (9.600).

    Reading finished fourth (142.775), a year after the team missed the state championship meet entirely.

    Thanks to their top-three team finishes, Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater, Mansfield, and Masconomet/Lynnfield all qualified for the New England girls’ championship meet next week at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H.

    MIAA Girls’ Gymnastics State Championship

    At Shrewsbury High School, Shrewsbury, Mass.

    Vault: 1. Carson Cronin, Medway/Holliston/Millis (9.700); 2. Gracy Mowers, Masconomet Lynnfield (9.675); 3. Katerina Poulopoulos, Medfield/Ashland/Dover-Sherborn (9.550)

    Bars: 1. Erin Hurley, Mansfield (9.550); 2. Kira Goldman, Mansfield (9.350); 3. Kyra Flak, Masconomet Lynnfield (9.325)

    Beam: 1. Carson Cronin, Medway/Holliston/Millis (9.600); 2. Olivia Keyes, Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater (9.550); 3T. Gracy Mowers, Masconomet Lynnfield (9.500); 3T. Madeline Doyle, Reading (9.500)

    Floor: 1. Gracy Mowers, Masconomet Lynnfield (9.700); 2. Olivia Keyes, Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater (9.475); 3T. Lily Goulding, Mansfield (9.400); 3.T Bryce McDonald, Dracut (9.400)

    All-Around: 1. Gracy Mowers, Masconomet Lynnfield (38.000); 2. Olivia Keyes, Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater (37.575); 3. Carson Cronin, Medway/Holliston/Millis (36.900)

    Team: 1. Bridgewater-Raynham/West Bridgewater (144.475); 2. Mansfield (144.275); 3. Masconomet Lynnfield (143.775); 4. Reading (142.775); 5. Medfield/Ashland/Dover-Sherborn (142.025); 6. Medway/Holliston/Millis (137.325); 7. Dracut (136.475); 8. Andover (135.050)