Hillsborough – The St. Thomas Aquinas gymnastics team overcame a competitive field at the NJSIAA North II Sectional. The Trojans finished with a team score of 111.875, which outpaced second-place East Brunswick (110.025) and third-place Hunterdon Central (109.275).
To underscore the competitiveness of the meet, only 0.275 separated first and third places in the all-around. Kathryn McSweeney took home the all-around title for East Brunswick with a score of 38.075. McSweeney was, then, closely followed by St. Thomas Aquinas’ Supriyha Moore, with a 37.950, and Edison’s Haley Zampella, with a 37.800.
Moore, Zampella, and McSweeney also went one, two, and three on the vault. More finished in first with a 9.850, Zampella recorded a 9.650 to finish in second, and McSweeney rounded out the top three with a 9.550.
On the uneven bars, Hunterdon Central’s Ava Stuphen took home top honors with a 9.800. She was followed by McSweeney (9.725) in second and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Nina Sanguiliano (9.600) in third.
Zampella and Moore once again finished in the top three on the beam. Zampella placed first with a 9.525. Moore finished tied for second with Hillsborough’s Katina Coyle with a 9.450. Bridgewater-Raritan’s Samjama Thayi recorded a 9.250 to finish fourth.
McSweeney, Moore, and Zampella were once again the top three place finishers on floor. McSweeney and Moore both dazzled with their routines and were rewarded with identical 9.900s to finish in a tie for first place. Zampella finished in third with a 9.600 and was followed closely by Union Catholic’s Alexis Roth, who finished in fourth with a 9.550.
Rounding out the team scoring, Scotch Plains-Fanwood finished in fourth with a 107.350, Hillsborough took home fifth with a 107.200, Westfield placed sixth with a 106.950, Bridgewater-Raritan finished seventh with a 105.775, Cranford placed eighth with a 104.425, and Somerville rounded out the field with a 100.350.
With their first-place finish, St. Thomas Aquinas automatically advances to the team state championship meet to be held Thursday at Brick Memorial High School. The individual state meet will take place Saturday, also at Brick Memorial High School.