Lancer Gymnastics Team Adds Another Season Win

By Chris Paul

The Londonderry High School Gymnastics team traveled north to Plymouth over the weekend and added another top finish for their third win of the season.

The team faced about nine other schools on Saturday, Jan. 22 at Top Gun Gymnastics. Teams included Plymouth Regional, Salem, Bishop Brady, Bow, Exeter, Salem, Winnisquam, Newfound Regional, Campbell and Pembroke Academy.

The Londonderry contingents had the team high score at the meet with 125.95 points. Salem trailed to take second place with 123.45; Plymouth Regional was third with 116.15; and Exeter High School came in fourth with 102.9-points.

Starting on the vault, the Lancers had a solid performance from senior Nikki Stone who led the team with a 7.7. Sophomore Lilly Haggett had a 7.6, freshman Sophia Beauregard scored a 7.55 and junior Ava Ruppel had a 7.35.

On the Bars, the team pulled out clean routines from three girls. Beauregard managed to place third with her score of an 8.05, senior Makenna Lord got a 7.5, and sophomore Amanda Robinson had a 7.05.

On the Beam, Lilly Haggett had another good routine and got a second-place result with a score of 8.65. Senior Ella Houghton placed third with an 8.5, and Amanda Robinson also had a stuck routine, scoring an 8.0.

The Floor competition was the team’s best event of the day, Ava Ruppel placing third with a score of 8.65, Lilly Haggett placed with an 8.6, junior Peyton Beirne and Sophia Beauregard also contributed to the team score with 8.0 and 8.5 respectively.

Lilly Haggett was able to place fourth in the All-Around with a score of 31.95.

Head coach Heather Tuden was happy with the strong overall result at the latest meet. “We had a rough start to the day, but the girls were able to pull it around to take first again this week over Salem. This time of year we need to be careful to not overwork the team to ensure they are at their peak performance for states in three weeks.”

The Lancers last meet of the regular season is scheduled at home, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, where they will celebrate five of the team’s seniors.

High School teams scheduled to participate are: Pinkerton Academy, Pelham, Raymond, Campbell, Newfound Regional, Plymouth Regional and Coe-Brown Northwood.

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