St. Joseph second, Trumbull fifth at FCIAC gymnastics meet

St. Joseph was FCIAC runners-up at the FCIAC championship meet. Team members (front row) are Lindsay Capobianco, Alex Murawski and Grace DeDonato; (second row) Ava Ramirez, Emily Lathlean, Justine Turcotte and Marianna Wegiel; (third row) Kinsey Spolestra, Julianna Rizzitelli, Emma Moher, Katie Nguyen, Caitlyn Kelly and Elise Daly.

St. Joseph was FCIAC runners-up at the FCIAC championship meet. Team members (front row) are Lindsay Capobianco, Alex Murawski and Grace DeDonato; (second row) Ava Ramirez, Emily Lathlean, Justine Turcotte and Marianna Wegiel; (third row) Kinsey Spolestra, Julianna Rizzitelli, Emma Moher, Katie Nguyen, Caitlyn Kelly and Elise Daly.

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St. Joseph placed second and Trumbull took fifth at the FCIAC gymnastics championships.

The Cadets posted their top score of the season to garner the runner-up position behind league champion Warde in competition held at the Gymnastics and Cheerleading Academy of CT.

Warde scored a 142.80 to win its third title. St. Joseph was second with 139.15 and defending champion Ludlowe third at 137. Trumbull scored a 134.10.

“We had three meets this week and improved our score in each meet, which isn't easy to do,” St. Joseph coach Celina Huber said. “I am very excited that they had their best performance at FCIACs.”

St. Joseph’s one-two punch of Lindsay Capobiano and Julianna Rizzitelli were among the stars that shined on the league’s largest stage. Warde’s Emma Johnson earned the all-around title for the second consecutive season with a personal best 37.75. Capobiano was second with a 36.45 and Rizzitelli third at 36.35.

Capobianco, a senior tri-captain, was third on uneven bars 9.2, balance beam 9.1 and floor exercise 9.15. She finished sixth in vault 9.0.

Rizzitelli, a sophomore, took second on beam 9.15, tied for fourth on bars, was fifth vault 9.05 and sixth on floor 9.0.

Emma Moher scored an 8.45 beam and 8.2 floor. Grace DeDonato was 8.050 on beam, Katie Nguyen 8.25 vault and Emily Lathlean 8.5 bars.

Huber also heads the Trumbull program.

“We went into the meet without our top performer, Ellie Forma, who sustained an elbow injury that ended her season early,” Huber said. “The rest of the girls stepped up and went 6 for 6 on vault, bars, and floor. I am very proud of their performances.”

Talia Lalli earned all-league honors with a 9.15 on bars. She had an 8.0 on beam.

Ariana Sebourne scored 8.9 on vault, 8.5 on bars and floor and 8.1 on beam. Leah Cody was 8.75 on bars, 8.35 on vault and floor, and 8.25 on beam. Cayden Palmer scored 8.3 floor, 8.25 vault and 7.55 beam. Anna Simpson had 8.25 vault. Juliana Pucciarelli scored 8.5 bars and 8.4 floor.

FCIAC champ

“We all wanted to be at our best for this meet,” Warde’s Emma Johnson said. “We were second (to Ludlowe) last year,” Johnson said. “We’ve had a lot of girls miss time with injuries and COVID. Today we just came together. It is a wonderful feeling to win the title. What one girl does carries over to the next.”

Johnson stood alone against a field filled with superior performances. First on balance beam with a 9.65, uneven bars with a 9.6 and floor exercise with 9.25, she took second in vault at 9.25. As a sophomore, Johnson brought home gold in balance beam and floor exercise and silver on bars to earn the all-around title with a score of 36.9.

Staples’ Mia Guster was FCIAC champ on vault at 9.3. Stamford’s Lauren Heller was second on uneven bars with 9.5. Warde’s Caroline Garrett was fourth all-around. Ludlowe’s Emma Senatore was sixth all-around with 34.45.

There were multiple ties for placement on the podium.

Warde coach Darcy Appleby believes the league meet brings out the best in all participants.

“This is by far my favorite meet of the year,” she said. “The kids get wrapped up together and have fun. They have practiced with each other, they’ve known and competed with each other. You see one team cheering on girls from another. This meet is joyful.”

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FCIAC gymnastics championships

Team results: 1. Warde, 142.80; 2. St. Joseph 139.15; 3. Ludlowe, 137.10; 4. Staples, 134.15; 5. Trumbull, 134.10

Vault: 1. Mia Guster (Staples), 9.3; 2 tie. Emma Johnson (Warde) 9.25 Ciara Dawson (Warde), 9.25; 3 Julia Gove (Ludlowe), 9.2; 4. tie. Caroline Garrett (Warde), 9.15 Emma Senatore (Ludlowe), 9.15; 5. Julianna Rizzitelli (St. Joseph), 9.05; 6. Lindsay Capobianco (St. Joseph), 9.0

Uneven bars: 1. Emma Johnson (Warde), 9.6; 2. Lauren Heller (Stamford), 9.5; 3. Lindsay Capobianco (St. Joseph), 9.2; 4 tie. Talia Lalli (Trumbull) 9.15 Julianna Rizitelli (St. Joseph) 9.15; 5 tie. Victoria Fidalgo (Staples 9.05 Abigail Cerny (Ludlowe) 9.05; 6 tie. Caroline Garrett (Warde), 9.0 Jane Luczaj (Ludlowe) 9.0

Balance beam: 1. Emma Johnson (Warde), 9.65; 2. Julianna Rizzitelli (St. Joseph), 9.15; 3. Lindsay Capobianco (St. Joseph), 9.1; 4. Ava Golding (Ludlowe), 9.05; 5. Mia Guster (Staples), 8.85; 6. Kaia Vadas (Warde), 8.8

Floor exercise: 1. Emma Johnson (Warde), 9.25; 2. Mia Guster (Staples), 9.2; 3. Lindsay Capobianco (St. Joseph), 9.15; 4. Caroline Garrett (Warde), 9.1; 5. Julianna Rizzitelli (St. Joseph), 9.0; 6. Bailey Klein (Warde), 8.95.

All-around: 1. Emma Johnson (Warde), 37.75; 2. Lindsay Capobianco (St. Joseph), 36.45; 3. Julianna Rizzitelli (St. Joseph), 36.35; 4. Caroline Garrett (Warde), 35.50; 5. Lauren Heller (Stamford), 34.80; 6. Emma Senatore (Ludlowe), 34.45