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Miaa gymnastics sectionals

Andover, Barnstable grab gymnastics titles

Andover used its impressive depth to win the MIAA North Sectional gymnastics title Saturday at Hudson High. Two top-10 all-around finishes and a win in the floor event allowed the Golden Warriors to top the competition with 146.1 points, securing first place by 1.625 points and break their program’s scoring record.

“We’re strong from top to bottom and we have good gymnasts that didn’t even compete today,” Andover coach Tracy Vadala said.

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Newton South came in second at 144.475 , Westford (141.675) was third, and North Andover (141.475) fourth.

All four teams qualified for the state championship next weekend at Shrewsbury High.

Heather Gomes of Beverly finished first in the overall with a score of 37.975, with Nicole Stevens (37.450) of North Andover second and Andover’s Courtney Carver (37.375) third.

Carver won the floor event (9.5) and tied for second on vault (9.425).

Golden Warriors senior Jessie Livingston placed in the top 10 on the vault with a 9.25 and freshman teammate Rachel Cadet finished 10th. Livingston and Carver also finished in the top 10 on the bars and Cadet did the same on the beam.

“They’ve been my top kids for the past three years,” Vadala said of Livingston and Carver. “I’m really sad to see Jessie leave, but I do have some really solid freshmen.”

Strong performances from junior Camila Hernandez and sophomore Kalena Wang boosted Newton South into the No. 2 spot.

Hernandez finished fourth overall, second in the floor event, ninth on the vault, seventh on the bars, and sixth on the beam. Wang picked up a win on the beam with a 9.6 along with top-10 scores in the other three events.

“We had a few glitchy things where we didn’t get the credit we were hoping for, but they’re all things that would take less than a week to fix,” Lions coach Greg Beaupre said. “We really hope to be able to challenge Andover and even Barnstable moving forward.”

Despite missing the top four by 1.15 points, Central Catholic made a big jump from its No. 8 seeding to fifth. Freshman Keara Loughlin led the Raiders with a ninth overall finish and teammate Kayleigh Dugan was 10th.

South sectional — Barnstable continued its reign as MIAA South Sectional winners.

The Red Raiders tumbled their way into first place with a team score of 146.150. The defending champs delivered an unbeatable performance, nabbing first-place results in the vault (37.325), bar (36.250), and floor exercise (37.625).

The team’s well-rounded effort proved the difference.

“With our team we don’t have just one or two girls that stand out. We have depth. We have six girls that can be amazing,” said assists coach and former Globe All-Scholastic Jillian Pacheco. “That’s why I think our team is so successful. There are six on each event that shine.”

The top 12 seeded teams in the sectional competed, performing in vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise for an overall team score.

Mansfield came in second with 141.9 points, and took first place in the balance beam (36.625). Shrewsbury (141) came in third and Wellesley (140.375) fourth.

Barnstable moves on to the state championship along with the rest of the top four.

The balance beam posed the only threat for Barnstable.

“There’s always room for improvement, but beam is the biggest struggle.” said Pacheco. “All week we hit beam and today we had five falls, which is crazy.”

The Red Raiders tied for fourth place (34.950) on the beam.

Barnstable also saw victory in the all-around. Sophomore Tali Twomey had the highest score with a 37.150, with Shrewsbury’s Allysa McNeil (36.875) second.

“You just have to have a good mind and I did.” said Twomey. “It just went really well.”

Twomey’s attitude rewarded her with a winning floor exercise (9.725) that resulted in loud cheers and applause from her fellow gymnasts.

McNeil placed second in balance beam with a 9.400 score and Shrewsbury teammate senior Lindsay Manea came in third in the overall with a 36.500.

Junior Corey Bennett of Medway/Ashland/Dover-Sherborn came in first in the balance beam with a score of 9.550.

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