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Harwood varsity gymnastics team opens season

Harwood Union varsity gymnastics team had its first meet of the season last week against CVU, reportedly a pretty tough meet.

"They are a very strong team and we held up pretty well against them. Saturday we traveled to South Burlington for an invitational meet which was for individuals, not team scores, and many of our team placed and did quite well. Tonight we will be at Middlebury," said coach Anissa Touchette.

"In gymnastics, you put six competitors up on an event and they take the top four scores. So, while you are always looking for your top four scorers, you are also looking to build the back two so that any score you take will be fine," Touchette explained.

"This year our depth is not as strong because we have a lot of new gymnasts, so we have a top two or three each event with scores that are ready to go, but we are really building up this year with a lot of freshmen and sophomores," she added.

This year's seniors include Breanna Shepard competing on floor and beam and three captain seniors, Maryah Magee, Kara Lynch and Dana Litchfield. Litchfield competes floor and vault and pulls strong numbers on both events. Magee has really improved her vault this year and is one of the top scorers on vault and is a top scorer on bars, the most difficult event in gymnastics. Lynch is only one of two competitors on the team who competes all around, meaning she competes all four events, and she is the top floor competitor. 

Also returning this year is sophomore Cecilia Baker who is the other all-around gymnast and is in the top four on each event. Newcomer freshman Haley Aylward is taking on three events and performing quite well on all three.

"We are looking forward to an exciting season and hoping to stay on top out of Division 2 schools as we have for at least the past eight years and it would be nice to place in front of at least one Division 1 team as well; at least that is our goal for this year," Touchette added.

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