NEW BRITAIN-As the last meet of the season, the Nutmeg Games gave Southington Gymnastics a perfect opportunity to show off something new. The program didn’t disappoint.
“They were very excited for this competition,” Southington coach Jamie-Lee Le Roux said after. “They had the opportunity to compete some brand new skills today and they did a great job. They landed it and I’m very proud of them.”
Southington was part the West Division during Saturday’s meet at New Britain High School. West landed first place with a score of 267.20. East was second (259.55) and North was third (257.80).
Southington’s Kara Loubier, who is an XCEL bronze, finished the all around with a new high score of 38.150 and claimed a gold medal in the process. She also placed first on vault with a score of 9.5 and first on floor with a score of 9.55. Loubier then took third on the beam with a 9.55 and tied for fourth on the uneven bars with a 9.55.
Southington’s level six, Hannah Cooley also did exceptionally well. Cooley landed her back handspring for the first time on the beam.
“It was great, after I landed it I was just so happy,” said Cooley said, who later look first in the floor event with a 9.15.
“This meet was a lot of fun,” she said. “It’s a good chance to compete against everyone and show your skills. This season was also a lot of fun. I put a lot of hard work and dedication into it, going into the gym everyday. My goals for next season are to grow in my skills and place more”
The Nutmeg Games meet allows Southington to finish its season on a high note.
Two weeks ago, the team competed at Nationals in Toledo, Ohio. And because the meet was so recent, many of the other Southington girls did not compete in the Nutmeg Games, giving others an opportunity to start competing their new skills.
“As a whole, we had a really, really strong showing this year,” Le Roux said. “We had a lot of girls competing at brand new levels and our whole team qualified for the regional championship this year, which is really good. Our whole team also qualified for the national competition. Very, very, very great showing this year Southington.”
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