Gymnastics demonstrates depth in win against MADS, Marlborough


Aaliyah Yan

Senior Sequoia Truong casts to handstand before completing her bar routine.

Aaliyah Yan, Opinion Editor

Adding another win to their undefeated season, the gymnastics team scored their highest score this season with a 145.4 victory against Medfield-Ashland-Dover-Sherborn (MADS), who scored a 142.6, and Marlborough, who scored a 134.05, on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The scoring is determined by the top four scores out of the six girls that compete on each team. Points get added up for the final event score. 

This meet was probably our biggest regular-season meet,” head coach Jordan McStay said. “MADS has been pretty much scoring the same or higher than us all season. And last year they beat us.”

Senior captain Demetra Safiol believes that the team’s success has to do with their spirit.

“This season we have continued to progress and have gotten better and better,” Safiol said. “Our team as a whole is getting more into it and we are creating this team spirit that’s unbeatable at this point.”

Sophomores Mia Gorman and Lizzy Debroczy are the team’s all-arounds, meaning they compete in all of the events, whereas the other girls compete only certain events. Gorman attributes the team’s winning streak to their practices.

“The team has not only been working on their new skills but perfecting their old skills as well,” Gorman said. “I think that’s what we have to work on now, just perfecting the skills we already have.”

Though senior captain Elizabeth Shaw, who is normally in the top four when competing her events, was unable to make it to the meet, the team still pulled away with a win. 

“I’ve always thought this team has depth,” McStay said. “Despite injuries and illnesses and having to put in alternates, we still can score around the same. This is rare in other teams because they bank on their top-four gymnasts to get a good score. If one of them can’t make it or messes up then it affects their overall.”

As for the rest of the season, Debroczy aims to move onto states.

“I think we are really hoping to make states,” Debroczy said. “I think with this score we can because we are scoring right around what we were last year when we made states” 

On Feb. 15, the gymnastics team won their league meet. They will compete in sectionals on Feb. 22.