By Gianna Addario
---- — HUDSON — The Beverly High gymnastics team took in every last bit of Saturday’s North Sectional meet at Hudson High School.
In their final team meet of the season, the Panthers finished with a score of 140.150, good for sixth place. It wasn’t, however, the ending they were hoping for after advancing to states the past three years.
Instead, Andover (146.100), Newton South (144.475), Westford Academy (141.675) and North Andover (141.475) were the four squads that will take part in this Saturday’s state meet at at Shrewsbury High.
“The girls are pretty upset about not making it to states,” said Beverly head coach Lauryn Ginsburg. “I told them as long as you went out there and tried 100 percent.
“It’s a little different not making states this year. Coming in as the sixth seed, we really thought we had a shot at bumping up two spots if we hit all of our routines. Obviously we didn’t have perfect meet, and the other competition was really great. It usually comes down to who sticks on beam.”
Masconomet, which came into sectionals seeded 10th, placed ninth with an overall score of 135.425. Danvers was right behind the Chieftains, finishing 10th with a 131.900.
At the end of the first two rotations, Beverly put together a 69.55 after bars and beam. The Panthers’ best scoring event was on vault with a 35.925. Junior Heather Gomes led the way with a 9.475 and freshman Kara MacGilvray scored a 9.05.
“Bars and vault were the highlight of the meet for us,” noted Ginsburg. “We probably had our best meet of the season on those two events. We were expecting to get a little lower on bars because they judge harder; the fact that we got some of our highest scores of the season, like Heather’s 9.6 and Hannah Rennie (9.1), that was part was exciting for us.”
Gomes, who will make an appearance at individual states next month, took first in the all-around with a 37.975. Her 9.475 score on vault was the highest of the day, while her 9.6 on bars also earned her first in the event. Gomes was second on balance beam with a 9.55 and tied for third on floor with a 9.35.
Panther teammate Rennie was 12th in the all-around with a 35.650.
Normally very steady on beam, Beverly had four falls on the event. Rennie scored an 8.95 for the Beverly while MacGilvray earned a 7.95.
“We only stuck two routines (when) usually we stick four or five out of the six,” Ginsburg said. “That was probably our downfall. Floor scores were low, but they were low across the board for everyone.
“We went out there and gave it our all. We weren’t 100 percent healthy; that obviously factors into everything.”
Taytum Geary (8.3), Cassie Wahl (8.4) and Chloe Kavanagh (8.2) stood out on floor for Beverly. Wahl (8.05) and MacGilvray (8.6) also had impressive showings on bars.
For Masconomet, senior captain Jess Demarco was 11th in the all-around, finishing with a 35.825 while Caitlin Clarizia was 19th with a 32.525. Demarco scored a 9.15 on vault (11th) and a 9.45 on beam (fourth). Clarizia was 24th on vault with a 8.775.
“I was so proud of the girls,” said Masconomet head coach Alicia Gomes. “We had one girl out with injury and another girl on vacation, so we had a bunch of girls step up and fill in spots here and there. They did a fantastic job. I couldn’t have asked for a better meet from all of them.
“I think the girls handled the pressure really well. We wanted to do better than what we were seeded and we did.”
For Danvers, Julie Valenti tied for 13th in the all-around with 35.350, while Alyson Kelleher was 17th with a 34.0. Valenti managed an 8.95 on floor, an 8.8 on beam and 9.0 on bars. Kelleher earned an 8.8 on bars and Lauren Geissler scored an 8.65 on beam.