The Salem News
2013 SALEM NEWS GYMNAST OF THE YEAR
Gomes competed in just her second season for the Beverly gymnastics team, but has already made her impact known in the short time she's represented the Panthers. A sophomore this winter, the 15-year-old Beverly native led her team in scoring and guided the Panthers to their second consecutive trip the state championship.
"Heather played a huge role on the team this year as she provided upgraded and consistent routines," said head coach Lauryn Ginsburg. "She competed in the all-around in almost every meet this season with a season high score of 38.1 at the North Sectional meet this year.
In February, Gomes finished third at the state championship with a 37.375 at Algonquin High School and made her way to New Englands earlier this month. Gomes capped off the year at the New England Championship, in which she took home second place in the all-around with a 37.325. She had solid routines on all four events. She placed 6th on vault 9.4, 3rd on beam 9.45, and 6th on floor 9.2.
This particular meet featured the top two teams from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut as well as the top six individuals from each state in each event and the all-around.
"She provided a solid score at the end of the line up in all four events," noted Ginsburg. "She was even able to upgrade her routines half way through the season which boosted her bars and vault scores even higher."
Two-year team captain finished with a 9.1 vaulting average, 8.95 floor average, 8.9 uneven bar average and 8.35 beam average ... Was named the Northeastern Conference uneven bar champion ... Qualified for states on vault, bars and the floor exercise ... Was chosen to represent Team Massachussets at the Senior National Meet in Fort Myers, FL this May ... Two-time team MVP ... High score of the season was in the all-around against Hamilton-Wenham with a 35.6 ... Headed to Ithaca College and will continue with gymnastsics.
As team captain, averaged a 36.0 in the all-around this season ... Earned a 9.375 on the balance beam and a 9.4 on vault at the North sectionals meet ...Awarded team MVP for the third consecutive season ... Named a Northeastern Conference all-star ... qualified for state individuals in the all-around ... Four-time Salem News all-star ... Will attend UMass Amherst in the fall ... Levine's favorite moment of her high school athletic career was participating in the State Championship as a freshman at Worcester's DCU Center.
A member of the 9.5 club on balance beam ... Recorded a season-high 37.2 in the all-around this season ... Was named a NEC/CAL all-star on vault ... Will represent Beverly at the Senior National Meet in Fort Myers, FL ... Plans on continuing her gymnastics career in college, but is undecided on school ... Team captain ... Guided the Panthers to their third consecutive undefeated regular season ... Took home first place for the Panthers on beam with a 9.35 and second on vault with 9.475 at the state championship.
Middleton native is a three-time Salem News all-star ... As team captain helped guide the Chieftains to 3rd place in the NEC/CAL ... Was named a league all-star on beam ... Finished 3rd on beam at Individual States with a 9.5 ... Her best meet of the season came against Danvers, where she scored her highest scores of the year ... Hopes to continue her gymnastics career in college ... Competed in all four events for Masconomet ... Thanked her parents and head coach Shannon Worth for all their support.
The 16-year-old junior is a two-year captain for the Witches and three-time Salem News all-star ... Competes level 8 for her club team ... Was named her team's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season ... Her biggest influences have been coaches Jess Moriera and Christine Potamis as well as her mother ... Recorded a season-best 8.75 on floor and an 8.6 on beam ... Holds a 3.67 grade point average at Salem High.
Helped the Panthers to third consecutive 9-0 season and Northeastern Conference title ... Last season, Smith earned the Most Improved Gymnast Award at the team banquet ... Qualified for state individuals in both vault and bars ... Headed the University of New Hampshire to study athletic training ... Maintains a 3.2 grade point average ... Scored a 9.175 on vault and an 8.2 on bars this season .... Was selected to represent Beverly at the Senior National Meet in Fort Myers, FL this May.
A North Reading freshman, Valenti competes level 8 club gymnastics at Yellow Jackets and helped the Falcons to states this season ... Recorded a 9.2 on vault and a 9.0 on floor ... Was one of three gymnasts to compete in the all-around for Danvers this year along with teammate Roni Levine ... Honors student ... Qualified for Individual States on bars, vault and floor ... A three-sport athlete, the 15-year-old also plays soccer and runs track ... Best meet came in the win against Masconomet in the regular season.
Competed in the all-around for the Chieftains this season ... Placed 9th (all-around) and 7th (bars) at Individual States ... Was named a Cape Ann League Athlete of the Week during the regular season ... Competed on Massachusetts Regional and Eastern National teams for the past two consecutive year ... Maintains a 4.39 and is a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society ... Northeastern Conference/CAL MVP ... Credits her family for supporting through all the ups and down and pushing her to be the best she can be.
Took home her team's Most Valuable Player award this season ... Was named Tanner of the Week ...Maintains a 3.9 grade point average is on the Dean's List ... Thanks her coach Jeanne Flynn for being the most dedicated coach she's ever had ... Recorded a season-best 32.2 on the all-around against Gloucester... Put up her high score of the season on the vault with an 8.6 against Wakefield ... Was the team's highest scorer in the all-around.
Competes the all-around for the Hamilton-Wenham/Manchester Essex co-op team ... Was named her team's Most Valuable Player this season ... Recorded a season-high 32.1 in the all around, 7.5 on bars, 8.3 on beam and vault and 8.0 on the floor exercise ... Wants to continue coaching gymnastics, but isn't sure what her plans for college are just yet ... Thanks her Iron Rail teammates and coaches for their continued encouragement and support.
Bishop Fenwick: Erin Horgan, Fr.; Kristen Kilcommons, Sr.; Marissa Moschella, Jr.
Beverly: Hannah Rennie, Jr.
Danvers: Jackie Veatch, So.; Emily McPherson, So.
Masconomet: Julia Small, Sr.
Marblehead/Swampscott: Sydney Levine, Fr.; Caleigh Lang, Jr.
Ipswich/Gloucester: Kristina Kallas, Jr.; Olivia Grim, Jr.