CRANSTON- In search of their first win of the season, the 0-3 West Warwick gymnastics team took on a 1-2 Toll Gate squad on Monday afternoon at Dream Big Gymnastics Studio. The two teams were there as part of a four-team meet that included Portsmouth and Mt. Hope as well.

With just one senior on the roster, the Wizards have struggled at times to get the necessary six gymnasts out on the mat in order to compete, with Monday serving as no exception. Senior Abigail Petrangelo and sophomore Emily Johnson were both inactive on Monday, meaning that the Wizards needed to rely on their underclassmen more than ever.

Veronica Archambault, Jordin Laporte, Samantha Petrarca, Kianna Wilson, Lauren Woodside and Alyssa Worthington would be the ones to step up for the team on Monday and give everything they had.

The Wizards would wind up finishing fourth out of the four teams in attendance, but head coach Haley Winsor likes what she has seen out of her team since the season started a couple of months ago.

“Today, we were short a couple of gymnasts. Ou captain is out, a couple of other girls are out, so we’re struggling just to get our six people in to qualify, but the girls are getting better than they were at the beginning of the season. I’m seeing lots of improvement from last year, so I’m happy with that,” she said.

Winsor pointed to the performances of Petrarca, Woodside, Laporte and Wilson as especially impressive, given that each competed “all-around” on the day, taking part in each event. Petrarca had the highest overall score 29.95, while Laporte came in a close second 28.25.

Woodside finished with a score of 26.45 and Wilson, 25.15

Petrarca and Woodside each scored 8.35 in the vault, while Laporte had an 8.1 and Wilson a 7.65. Petrarca led the team in the bars, scoring a 7.05, while Laporte had the highest team score on the beam at 7.2. On the floor, it would be Petrarca leading the way again at 7.45, while Laporte was not far behind at 7.2.

Winsor praised each of the four for taking on a role they had not been accustomed to.

“It’s a little outside of their comfort zone from before, so I’m proud of them for that,” she said.

The Wizards will be back in action this coming weekend beginning on Saturday night when they take on the Division I Coventry Oakers at 7:30 p.m. at Anchor Gymnastics. They will be back at the same location on Sunday when they face off against Toll Gate for the second time this week.

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