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John Jay/Somers/Yorktown Complete Third Straight Undefeated Season

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By Rich MonettiPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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On Tuesday January 30 John Jay, Somers, Yorktown faced Scarsdale High School at Dynamic Gymnastics in Cortlandt Manor and took the meet by a score of 183.35 - 141.65. The regular season coming to an end, the postseason is just ahead for the combined team of girls. But Kayla Cambareri of John Jay High School probably wasn’t alone in expressing a sentiment that is not quite ready to look forward to the post season.

“We are undefeated for the third straight season,” the sophomore extolled with great pride.

Doing the all around competition on the evening, her best score came on the balance beam (9.25), and she revealed a new wrinkle. “I put my back tuck into the routine,” said the John Jay Wolf.

Not out of nowhere, the tumult she’s been practicing finally came due on this day. “I’ve been doing this for over a year, and decided, it is time,” Cambareri revealed.

The gymnast has similar plans on the uneven bars. “I need to add a few more skills to my routine,” she said, and reaching the state competition again is the goal.

The same goal for Amelia Carozza, the junior did the all around events too. She was 9.35 on the floor, 9.20 on the beam, 8.1 on the uneven bars, 9.1 on the vault and identified a commonality for her roster of strong performances. “My landings were good,” said the Yorktown Husker.

Her classmate Arianna Gulli, on the other hand, was up in the air. Doing her back handspring on the beam was good for a 7.65 and hitting the maneuver is mostly a matter of pause. “I take a deep breath, and then, I do the skill,” said Gulli.

Only a freshman, her goals are modest going forward. “I want to put some of my new skills into routines,” said Gulli.

A walk over handspring and a Yurchenko specifically, she gave way to Ciara Burch and the uneven bars. A kip was her move of the day on the bars, and she made no bother of the cyclic traverse. “It’s not that hard, you just need a lot of energy,” said the Husker.

On vault, the springboard certainly facilitates the liftoff, but Kaitlin Gannon credited her return to earth for the strides she’s made. “I’ve been sticking my landings,” said the Somers Tusker who had an 8.05.

A process that requires the gymnast to remain in equilibrium as the centrifugal forces apply from head to toe. “You got to balance your body and really feel it through your feet, and usually, it works,” Gannon explained.

So another season over, the coach saw a team that looked much looser. “Everybody enjoyed today, and they looked like they were having more fun than they usually do,” said Coach Teodora Cepoi.

And she’d like to see the good cheer carry over into the next few weeks of intense competition. “I hope the spirit stays the same for the divisionals and sectionals,” the coach concluded the evening.

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