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2018-03-07 / Sports

North’s Penetrante wins all-around state title

Junior breaks section record
by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Williamsville North junior Madison Penetrante won the all-around title at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Cold Harbor High School on Long Island. Her all-around score of 38.225 broke the Section VI record. Williamsville North junior Madison Penetrante won the all-around title at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Cold Harbor High School on Long Island. Her all-around score of 38.225 broke the Section VI record. For the second consecutive year, a gymnast from Williamsville North has won a state title in the all-around.

Junior Madison Penetrante posted a Section VI record all-around score of 38.225 to edge Miranda Lund of Section VIII, who tallied 38.150, for the all-around title at Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Cold Harbor High School on Long Island. North junior Zoe Kyriakopolous won last year.

“I wanted to hit 4 for 4 to get the all-around title, but I went into the state meet just wanting to do my best,” Penetrante said.

The previous section record of 38.05 was set by teammate Gabi Gare of Williamsville South in the 2016 regular season.

“It was a not goal going in, and I was very surprised when I heard I did that,” Penetrante said. “I was really happy.”

Penetrante was consistent across the board, taking second on vault (9.575) and floor exercise (9.65), and tying for second on parallel bars (9.4) and balance beam (9.6).

“She was the most consistent gymnast there,” Williamsville South coach Kurt Stumpf said. “She was solid. Even to be second is a great accomplishment. In our sport, the top three in each event are considered all-state.”

She said she was happiest with her floor routine.

“I hit all of my tumbling passes and really tried to show off my routine,” Penetrante said.

Kyriakopolous, still not fully recovered from an ankle injury, tied for fifth on parallel bars (9.3), tied for eighth on beam (9.325) and floor (9.375), and was 28th on vault (8.25) for ninth in the all-around with a 36.25.

“She did very well,” Stumpf said. “If you go back to when the high school season started in September, she was doing the bare minimum due to her injury. Seeing where she has come from to now is a huge accomplishment. She gave it her all. Without her there, we probably would not have taken second.”

Gare was pulled from competing in the all-around due to an ankle injury and only competed on bars, taking sixth in 9.275.

“She’s a true competitor,” Stumpf said. “No matter what, she was going to try and compete.”

Also competing for Section VI were Lancaster’s Courtney Ando, Kelly Rose Devine and Alison Wojciechowski; Clarence’s Bri Blaszak and Kirsten Maybach (sixth on vault); Frontier’s Cali Czarcinski (fourth on beam, fifth on floor) and Kenmore’s Kayleen Jenkins.

Section VI could not three-peat in the team championship, taking second with 183.825 points to Section III, which won with 185.725 points.

In addition to Gare and Kyriakopolous battling injuries, Makenzie Castiglione of Lancaster, the section all-around champ, had a prior school commitment and could not compete.

“Coming in second was a big accomplishment,” Stumpf said. “Section III was stacked. If we had all of our top guns, it would have been a fight to the finish.”

“We really wanted to win as a team,” Penetrante said. “If everyone was there and healthy, I think the outcome would have been different.”

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