On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Great Neck South Gymnastics Team traveled to Cold Spring Harbor High School to compete in a major event with gymnasts from all over Nassau County. The Great Neck South Gymnastics program has progressed incredibly within the past year. In past years, the Great Neck South Gymnastics team was always on the bottom end of the list only winning on average 1 out of 9 meets in their season. Throughout the summer and continuing on into the year, these girls numerous hours of their time into training in a gym to get ready for the upcoming season. All of them have truly progressed and have worked through many tough days.
With the huge help of coach Jessica Baker and coach Donagh O'Grady, this gymnastics season was different than any other seasons in past years. The team was able to rise to third place in the conference with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses. With all of their hard work and effort, they beat many teams they never thought they would be able to beat! It has been such an accomplishment for the whole team and it has been an amazing experience for these girls to have a season with many wins!
At this county meet, many of the girls on the Great Neck South Gymnastics team were able to take top places on many of the events! According to the standings and their scores, the top three girls on each event are chosen to compete in the Nassau County Gymnastics Coaches Invitational. Aleena Kanner, Samantha Forrester, Nikki Puma, Rachel Walden, and Atissa Roufeh were the girls that were chosen to represent the Great Neck South Gymnastics Program. All of the girls were extremely excited and proud to be out on the competition floor. The gymnasts did a fantastic job and their coaches were very proud of the way the performed.
The meet started off on the floor where junior Rachel Walden was first up in the entire competition, and even though she didn't place, she still hit a solid floor routine and it was a great way to start the meet off. Senior Nikki Puma had a remarkable floor routine and won floor with a high score of 8.15! Junior Aleena Kanner also hit her floor routine and scored a 7.2 putting her in third place. The next event was vault where freshman Samantha Forrester did one of the best vaults of her gymnastics career and won vault with a score of 8.0!
Sophomore Atissa Roufeh and Aleena Kanner both had solid vaults and took third place and fourth place with scores of 7.75 and 7.675. On the uneven bars, Aleena Kanner, Atissa Roufeh, and Nikki Puma took fifth, sixth, and seventh place. The last event was beam and this event can either make or break a gymnast's competition. The three gymnasts that competed for Great Neck South on balance beam used it to their advantage and they were absolutely untouchable! Samantha Forrester took sixth place with a personal best score of a 7.45. Aleena Kanner and Nikki Puma took second and third place with very high scores of 8.0 and 7.8.
Another event that gymnasts may compete in is the All-Around Competition which is a total of all the scores on each event. Aleena Kanner was the only Great Neck South gymnast chosen to compete in the all-around competition, she was able to hit all of her routines and take second place! All of these individuals and teammates have had a season filled with major excitement and improvement. This team will continue to progress as the year goes on, so be ready to see them in the future!