Barnstable wins second straight state gymnastics title

Hayley Myrbeck helped vault Barnstable to another title.
christine peterson for the boston globe
Hayley Myrbeck helped vault Barnstable to another title.

SHREWSBURY — Barnstable’s stellar season continued at the 2014 MIAA State Championship at Shrewsbury High School Saturday as the Red Raiders won their second straight state by scoring 145.650 points, topping second-place Andover by 1.35 points.

The South Sectional champion Red Raiders knew they had to watch out for the balance beam and deliver on floor.

“We just played it safe on beam and threw in a lot of tricks. As long as we stayed on beam,” said coach Duncan Chase. “Jackie Hansen led us off and stuck beam, which is great. The whole group was nervous, but they did a good job and then we could show it off on floor.”


Jillian Fraser tied for fourth place with a 9.475, following a strong performance by fellow junior Hansen (8.600). Sophomore Tali Twomey scored a 8.750.

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It was the floor routines that bolstered the Red Raiders. Twomey placed third with a 9.200 and Fraser fourth with a 9.150.

“You could see their smiles on the floor,” Duncan said. “By the time they got to floor they knew they were a point-and-a-half out, so they felt comfortable going into floor.”

North Sectional winner Andover scored 144.300 and North Andover placed third with a 141.050.

The top three schools will compete in the New England Championship at Algonquin Regional High School March 15.


Host Shrewsbury also had something to be proud of Saturday. The Colonials placed fifth with a 139.900 and sophomore Allysa McNeil, with a score of 37.500, won the all-around by .3 points. McNeil placed first in balance beam (9.650) and vault (9.450). She came in second on floor (9.400).

“It was at our home gym so we know the equipment well,” said McNeil. “It was States, so we just went out there and did our best because we didn’t know if we were going to make New Englands or not, but either way we decided to do well and try our hardest.”

Shrewsbury senior Lindsey Manea tied for second on bars with a 9.350.

Westford Academy received the annual Team Sportsmanship Award for its high level of sportsmanship throughout the season.