Shelton gymnasts notch high scores

The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA boys and girls gymnastics teams both showed excellence at their two most recent gymnastics competitions.

The girls hosted a competition on Jan. 19 at their gym at the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Family Program Center, while the boys traveled to the University of Bridgeport for the annual Abie Grossfield Invitational on Jan. 20.

The Level 4 girls had excellent performances on vault and floor.

Samantha Bacarella (Trumbull) led the team on vault with a 9.3, followed by Grace Stephens (Monroe) with a 9.25 and Elizabeth Buckley (Orange) and Isabella Latorre (Trumbull) both earning a 9.15. On floor, Grace Stephens (Monroe) led the pack, scoring a 9.25. Jaden Aliberti (Fairfield) followed with a close 9.2.

For the Level 5 girls, Julia Brennan (Monroe) had an impressive day scoring a 9.2 on both vault and bars. Callan Vaughn (Trumbull) hit her beam routine earning her a 9.2.

“The girls continue to impress me,” said Level 4 and 5 head coach Hayley Foster. “Their work ethic and dedication to gymnastics showed in their routines. Everyone had a positive attitude and team spirit was at an all-time high.”

For the Level 7 girls, Brooke Foley (Trumbull) and Nicole Kirven (Trumbull) had solid floor routines, both scoring 9.15. On beam, Level 8 Julia Lindberg (Shelton) earned a 9.2, while Prep Op Advanced Mikayla Bobkoskie (Shelton) scored high with 9.4.

The following day, the Lakewood-Trumbull Y Boys Gymnastics team started off its season strong at the Abie Grossfield Invitational. The boys received numerous high scores throughout the day.

The Level 4 boys had solid performances on the rings, with Andrew Resnick (Monroe) and Jacob Nemergut (Monroe) receiving scores of 9.7 and 9.4, respectively.

The Level 5 boys also delivered superb performances.

Alex Dobryzchi (Shelton) hit his parallel bar routine,  earning him a score of a 9.6. Thomas Presson (Trumbull) and Braedon Gentry (Monroe) excelled in vault. Presson scored a 9.1, while Gentry scored a 9.0, earning them first- and second-place finishes on the apparatus.

Presson and Gentry also shined on other events. Gentry received a 9.0 for his solid parallel bar routine.

Presson received a 9.2 on high bar. Presson finished the day with a 47.0 all-around, which earned him third place in his age group.

“I was proud of the boys for going out there showing strength and confidence in themselves,” Lakewood-Trumbull boys coach Ben Laurent said. “For some of them, this was their first competition ever, and they all demonstrated some great gymnastics.”

The Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA is a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and stands for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.