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Wizards take second, Crossley finishes fourth

February 21, 2011

BRANDEN MELLO
bmello@ricentral.com
PROVIDENCE — The West Warwick gymnastics team produced the best team scores in Division II on the vault and the floor exercise at Sunday’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 Wizards’ score was their season best.
“We’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. “We asked them to come out and give their best performance and not worry about the score or where they placed.
“… 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.”
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-WG’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.
“I’m really excited, I’ve never done that good,” said Crossley, who was second-team All-State in her sophomore season. “I 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.”
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 Kingstown’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 Portsmouth’s Kim Sullivan was third with a 9.3.

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