This talented and versatile 11th grader played a key role in helping her Astros win the state championship again. She was the state champ on beam and also took third in the all-around and fifth on bars.
There have now been nine New Hampshire high school state championship gymnastics meets since 2010, and the Pinkerton Academy Lady Astros have won seven of them.
The Lady Astros bagged the 15th state title in their program’s history, their seventh in the last nine years, and their second one in a row in the University of New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham Saturday, Feb. 10.
PA coach Chelsie Burland, who stepped into the 2017-18 season with less roster depth than usual after graduating seven seniors from the 2016-17 championship crew, was initially concerned about what her current Pinkerton squad’s fortunes might be this winter. But hard work and lots and lots of talent on the 11-member squad kept the Lady Astros firmly atop the state gymnastics mountain for yet another season.
The local ladies tallied a big team score of 141.925 in remaining the state champs, and that winning tally was comfortably higher than the one posted by the runner-up squad from Londonderry High, which battled some physical adversity in the form of illness and an injury in bagging a score of 136.7. Bedford placed third with a 135.125. The LHS Lady Lancers, who won the 2015-16 title by percentage points over Pinkerton, was also the second place team last year.
When all of the swimming had been done at the Division I championships at the University of New Hampshire in Durham last Saturday, Feb. 10, Pinkerton coach Ed Faszewski and his charges had many reasons to feel good about the work they’d put forth both that day and throughout the just-completed 2017-18 season.
The longtime PA coach saw his Astro males finish a fine fourth out of 15 teams and his Lady Astros snag a strong fifth place out of 15 competing contingents.
“I was extremely happy with the way the kids swam this weekend,” said Faszewski. “It has been our goal all along to be at our best at states, and this was definitely evident with the number of best times we had at the meet. I told the athletes on Friday that our coaching was done, and they had to believe in themselves to make the best of the meet, and they certainly did.”
Pinkerton senior Zoe Freedman made the biggest news of any of the academy’s individuals, winning a solo state championship in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle, helping out with a third place in the 400 freestyle relay, and bagging a fourth on her own in the 100-yard backstroke.