LATHAM — Saratoga Springs put up some impressive streaks Wednesday at the Division II Women’s Gymnastics Championships.
Carly Rushack continued an all-around winning streak from Saratoga, and the Blue Streaks topped their years by securing a 20th straight tag team title at Shaker High School.
Rushack was the only senior in action for Saratoga, Erika Sudigala was the only junior competitor, and the rest of Saratoga’s roster showed three sophomores, three freshmen, five eighth-graders, and six seventh-graders.
“They did a great job of not letting the pressure get to them,” said Rushack, a three-year varsity team member, after the Blue Streaks amassed 168.725 points. “It’s a good skill to have for 12 and 13 year olds.”
Rushack led the way with a total score of 34.500, which included a victory on floor (9.250), a second on uneven bars (8.200) and a third on balance beam (9.050). Guilderland sophomore Addison Seebode was second in the all-around (33.675) and Saratoga’s eighth-placed Ayla Skinner was close behind in third (33.525).
Seebode was the first at the Suburban Council general meeting last week. Rushack finished third in this competition after crashing five times. The 12th grader only fell once on one of her jumping routines on Wednesday and finished tied for 11th, but still prevailed in the all-around category thanks to her other efforts .
The Saratoga gymnasts have won all-around laurels in eight consecutive Division II championship encounters.
“I would say beam for me,” Rushack said of the event she was most pleased with. “There were a lot of difficult factors. First of all, I stayed and did all my tricks.
Rushack began her bid for the all-around title on the floor where she achieved the highest score during the competition.
“His floor exercise was magnificent,” Saratoga coach Deb Smarro said. “She made all of her tumbling passes. It was one of the highlights of his day.
Saratoga’s all-around champion streak began with Julia Van Horne’s straight four from 2014-2017 and included Sophia Damiano’s 2020 triumph in the last Section II encounter. Suburban Council schools participated in an end-of-year reunion last winter rather than a Chapter II-sponsored event due to COVID concerns, and Saratoga’s Ava Dallas also won the all-around prize. , while the Blue Streaks earned team honors.
Guilderland’s Hailey Marini won the all-around in 2013. Saratoga athletes also won all-around crowns from 2008 to 2012.
“She’s my senior and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Smarro said of 17-year-old Rushack. “The leadership she provided was undeniable, and not just with her performance, but in pushing the young girls forward.”
Saratoga had the best team score on floor (44.025), vault (41.975) and uneven bars (39.200), and was second on balance beam (43.625) behind Bethlehem (44.250).
“This team got better as we went along,” Smarro said. “We kind of went up and down in some events, but we put it all together in the end. It was a good place to do it.
Bethlehem (162.150), Guilderland (153.175) and Shaker (150.600) followed Saratoga in the team competition. Shaker was the last tag team champion in 2001 before Saratoga’s run began, first under Andrea Snyder-Pedersen and under Smarro beginning in 2007.
“Twenty in a row. It’s crazy,” Rushack said of the Section II winning streak put together by all of those Saratoga editions. “It’s been longer than I’ve been alive. It’s crazy to think about it. It is largely thanks to her [Smarro].”
Seebode did not win an individual event but placed second on floor (9.050) and third on vault (8.400). The second started on the ground.
“Having a good first event gave me a boost of confidence,” Seebode said.
Seebode missed much of the season first with a back injury and then after a bout of dizziness.
“She hasn’t been cleared for most of the season,” Guilderland coach Brenda Goodknight said. “It’s such a pleasure to have him on the team. She works hard, she has a lot of fun, and she’s good at bonding between girls.
Guilderland sophomore Miranda Putorti placed first on beam (9.150), Saratoga freshman Maddy Austin was top on uneven bars (8.300), and Saratoga sophomore Charlie Gleeksman was first on vault (8.800). ). These three and the top three all-rounders will be among those representing Section II at the March 5 state gymnastics meet at Kenmore West High School in Buffalo.
Team scores: Saratoga Springs 168.725, Bethlehem 162.150, Guilderland 153.175, Shaker 150.600.
Multiple competition: Rushack (SS), 34,500; Seebode (Guild), 33.675); Skinner (Sara), 33.550; Browne (BC), 33.525; Putorti (Guild), 33.175; Kosoc (BC), 33.125; Kearns (Shak), 33,100; Austin (SS), 32.925; Gleeksman (SS), 32.925; Sudigala (SS), 32.525.
Jump: Gleeksman (SS), 8.800; Angelina Damiano (SS), 8,650; Seebode (Guild), 8,400; Chiaia Poust (BC), 8.250; Sudigala (SS), 8.175.
Uneven bars: M. Austin (SS), 8.300; Rushack (Sara), 8,200; Skinner (Sara), 8,000; Browne (BC), 8,000; Gleekman (Sara), 7,850.
Beam: Putorti (Guild), 9.150; Ella Bishop (BC), 9,100; Rushack (SS), 9.050; Kosovo (BC), 9,000; Mr. Austin (SS), 9.975.
Ground: Rushack (SS), 9.250; Seebode (Guild), 9,050; Sudigala (SS), 8,950; Browne (BC), 8.775; Kearns (Shak), 8,750.
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