PROVIDENCE â€” The West Warwick gymnastics team produced the best team scores in Division II on the vault and the floor exercise at Sundayâ€™s RIIL State Gymnastics Championships at the Murray Center.
The Wizards also only finished .1 of a point behind undefeated Exeter-West Greenwich leaving the uneven bars between the Wizards and a Division II title.
The Knights, ended up winning the uneven bars by 3.65 points to catapult past the Wizards with a team score of 128.025 to the Wizards 124.675 to claim the D-II title. The Wizardsâ€™ score was their season best.
â€śWeâ€™re really excited with how they performed West Warwick coach Alyson Andrews said after the Wizards performed at the state meet as a team for the first time since 2002. â€śWe asked them to come out and give their best performance and not worry about the score or where they placed.
â€śâ€¦ We wanted them to leave here today knowing they were as clean with their routines as they could be and we definitely had our best meet.â€ť
The Wizards, as they have been all season, were led by pint-sized sister Rebecca and Emily Pacheco. Rebecca, a junior, had a fantastic meet as she was .025 points behind E-WGâ€™s Alexis Quiterio for the best all-around score in Division II. Quiterio produced a 33.250 and Pacheco had a 32.225.
But the best all-around score from a gymnast in the Pawtuxet Valley belonged to Coventry junior Haley Crossley. Thanks to a second-place performance on the balance beam, the Oaker finished fourth in the all-around with a score 35.150.
â€śIâ€™m really excited, Iâ€™ve never done that good,â€ť said Crossley, who was second-team All-State in her sophomore season. â€śI knew I could compete with these girls, but I knew I had to add some new skills because the best girls keep getting better every year. This year I added a new bar dismount and a new tumbling pass off beam which turned out good for me.â€ť
The added work on the beam paid off because Crossley was one of just three competitors to finish with a sore above nine on the unforgiving apparatus. North Kingstownâ€™s Alysse Pazienza, who repeated as the all-around champion, had the best beam score with a 9.5. Crossley produced a 9.35 for the silver medal and Portsmouthâ€™s Kim Sullivan was third with a 9.3.