Coach Chelsie Burland’s Pinkerton Academy girls’ gymnastics team put the final touches on its preparation for the 2013-14 state meet this coming Saturday by performing in dominant fashion in its final regular season competitions.
First, the Lady Astros did exceptional work in besting everybody in sight in a multi-team meet at Salem High Tuesday, Feb. 4.
By notching a glittering and season-high team score of 138.5, Burland’s bunch easily outdistanced the reigning Division I state champs from Salem (score of 127.9) as well as Keene (85.0).
Leading the way in this meet was PA senior captain Kaylee Pacunas, who swept first places on the uneven bars and balance beam and in the floor exercise and the all-around title.
Junior captain Brittany Capozzi contributed a second place in the all-around behind Pacunas, and she also took second on the vault and floor while snaring third on bars and beam.
Freshman standout Kylie Muzerall continued to be a standout for the Astros by taking second on floor and fourth on vault.
“Kylie has been a consistent performer all season, and tonight she made her vault for the first time in competition,” said Burland.
Sophomore Jackie Bogaczyk continued to be a lead performer on the beam by taking second, and freshman Julianna Iarrobino went top three in the floor exercise.
And the Lady Astros closed out their regular season in magnificent style, besting the rival Lady Lancers of Londonderry High by bagging the high team score of 137.8. Londonderry was second with a 126.8, and Goffstown was third in the eight-team event.
Capozzi starred for the victorious hosts by claiming a new program record and first place on beam with a score of 9.6. She also proved unbeatable on bars (9.25) and in the all-around (35.9). The PA standout also notched second places on vault and in the floor exercise.
Pacunas took seconds on bars and in the all-around, and thirds on vault and floor.
Freshman Julianna Corsetta put forth a huge beam routine that garnered her second place. Bogaczyk was good for third on beam, and sophomore Sam Day claimed third on the bars.
The final meet of the regular season was an emotional one, as 8-year-old Rachel Solomon was honored for her fight with cerebral palsy. All of the competing teams gathered together to celebrate and support her accomplishments as a Special Olympic gymnast. The meet began with a dance routine focused around Solomon with the Astro gymnasts assisting her.
More than $2,000 was raised to aid the young gymnast.