By Gianna Addario
---- — The Beverly girls gymnastics team made its second consecutive state championship appearance last night, placing eighth overall at Worcester’s DCU Center.
Seeded fourth heading into the meet, Beverly posted an overall team score of 140.675.
“Our goal going in was to have fun and soak up the experience,” said head coach Lauryn Ginsburg. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience to get to compete using this type of equipment, so it didn’t matter where we ended up placing— it was about making memories.”
For the the third year in a row, the Panthers earned a perfect 9-0 season in the Northeastern Conference, which guided them to this point in the tournament.
Beverly competed in the same rotation as Saturday’s North Sectional meet— bars, beam, floor and finished on vault, but experienced a few minor mishaps in the first two rotations.
“We made a couple of mistakes on bars and you could tell the girls were a little nervous,” said Ginsburg. “Once we switched over to beam, the girls were more relaxed and we stuck five of six routines.”
Heather Gomes had the highest all-around score of the night for the Panthers with a 37.325. She was first on bars (9.45), third on beam (8.75), first on floor (9.275) and first on vault with her best score of the night— 9.6.
Adrianna Beatrice took second on vault (9.475) and first on beam with a 9.35, while Hannah Rennie finished second on beam (9.0).
“There was a lot of good gymnastics out there and we were just trying to stay focused,” noted Ginsburg.
The girls were able to compete on podium equipment, because the DCU Center was already setup for this weekend’s USA Gymnastics American Cup meet.
“Even Division 1 college gymnasts don’t get compete on the podium equipment,” added Ginsburg. “All of the equipment was fresh out of the box. It was really amazing to the girls faces, because they probably wont get to have this type of experience again.”