Girls' gymnastics loses to South in first match of season

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Junior Izzy Day completes her beam routine during last week’s meet against South. (Photo by Julia Bu)

Jake Forbes

Girls’ gymnastics lost to South 145.7-140.0 at home Friday night in their first match of the season. “Overall it wasn’t a bad first meet,” said Day science teacher Jim Chin, North’s assistant coach.

On vault, North sophomores Liz Elvin and Nina Varady landed their tsuks to each score above 9.0. However, South jumped out to an early lead after seniors Ella Poley and Julie Schoen scored 9.2 and 9.4, respectively.

“We looked really good on vault, which is one of our stronger events,” said Chin.

Senior Lexie Chu, a captain with senior Morgan Britt-Webb, was the only North gymnast to score above 9.0. South continued their success on the uneven bars after Poley, Schoen, and sophomore Bella Valente each scored at or above 9.0.

When asked about why North struggled on bars, Chin said, “We need to work a bit more on bars and get some more consistensy.”

North kept themselves in the match after Chu and Elvin scored an 8.85 and 9.25, respectively, on bars.

“Bars is usually our weakest event so it was important for us to hit our routines even though our skills weren’t as strong as theirs,” said Chu.

North ended the meet on floor, where Elvin led the team with an 8.85. However, strong performances from Poley, Schoen, and senior Lila Sherman helped South score a total of 37.05 on floor to secure the win for the Lions.

North will face Westwood-Brookline Wednesday at Broderick’s Gym in Hyde Park.