Gymnastics: Jonathan Law boasts talent and depth
With 28 gymnasts on the roster, Jonathan Law High coach Pat Simon has quite the juggling act to get everybody some time to work on and show their skills throughout the season.
Simon is appreciative of the administration’s support that allows for not only the top gymnasts to compete in meets but time for a showcase segment, which gives a bulk of the athletes an opportunity to tumble, flip, dance, balance and vault.
The top six are judged with the top four in each of the four events — uneven bars, balance beam, floor and vault — counting in team scoring.
“They get a chance to get out there and do their routine and get scored by an official judge,” said Simon, adding that although these individual scores don’t impact the team scoring, they do help the girls get a sense of their competition level. “They’re learning as they go, picking things up.”
This depth also makes for plenty of options for team members to step up and score in meets when the time calls for it.
“I think it helps a lot. As people get hurt, others are prepared to step in,” Law captain Julie Myers said.
As the season unfolds, the Law gymnasts are constantly building off their skills to challenge themselves and earn as many points as they can in meets.
“Every routine has things you can upgrade, so everybody has been working hard in practice and hopefully we continue to improve,” Myers said.
In addition to being loaded with depth, the Law squad has plenty of skill.
“We hope to do well in the conference and we hope to do well in the state tournament and have somebody make it to the State Open, all of the usual goals,” Simon said. “The best part is we have fun.”
In addition to Myers, who competes on the balance beam, team captains are Lizzy Lombard (all around), Cassidy Davis (all around) and Bella Carroll (floor exercise).
Emma Nelly, MaKenna Sharpe, Kylee Troy, Mackenzie Powers, Ali Gordon and Catherine Burns are also all around gymnasts.
Amanda Drew competes on beam, Jenna Hanson on vault and Sydney Simpson on beam and vault).
Lily Baldieri, Hailey Boyle, Kari Boyle, Eva Carroll, Ava Carroll, Laura Ellison, Stephanie Ferrara, Jaela Johnson, Hannah Rascoll, Lexi Rios, Katie Stockmal, Marissa Turner, Greta Valvo, Jordyn Wirth and Grace Wootton are all contributors.
After the conference meet on Feb. 7, hosted by Law, the team gets back to regular-season meets before the state tournament.
In a home meet with friendly rival Foran on Jan. 28, Law won 124.25-113.95, then scored 128.55 to defeat visiting Hand of Madison (127.65) and Norwich Free Academy (103.25) three days later for its ninth win in 10 competitions since the season began.
Results from the meet with Foran are as follows:
Vault: 1. Kylee Troy (L) 8.5; 2. Emma Nelly (L) 8.45; 3. Jenna Hanson (L) 8.4.
Bars: 1. Emma Nelly (L) 7.3; 2. Sam Lambert (F) 7.0; 3. Catherine Burns (L) 6.8.
Beam: 1. Catherine Burns (L) 8.5; 2. Makenna Sharpe (L) 8.3; Emma Nelly (L) 8.1.
Floor: 1. Emma Nelly (L) 8.0; 2. Makenna Sharpe (L) 7.9; 3. Catherine Burns (L) 7.8
All Around: 1. Emma Nelly (L) 31.85; 2. Catherine Burns (L) 31.4; 3. Makenna Sharpe (L) 30.65.