Gymnasts of the Year
Alison Carr, Chelmsford
|No one can slow her down. Carr had a stellar season, topping it off when she won a share of the state individual all-around title with a 37.950 score, tying Reading's Kim O'Donnell. She also won top honors on the vault, bars, and floor. At the North Sectional meet she again took top all-around honors (38.70), and did the same at the state team championship (38.775). Carr, who also won the Merrimack Valley All-Around title, was a key contributor to her team's third-place finish at states.|
Michael Brown, Newton North
|While most of the gymnastics attention was focused on Braintree and Burlington, the state's most talented gymnast was a Tiger. Clinching the state all-around title is no easy task, but with Brown's solid routines, he led the pack, scoring 52.05 at the state championship meet. He also took first in the vault (9.25) and rings (8.9). Brown will be making a switch from the gymnastics floor to the swimming pool as a diver when he heads to Dartmouth College in the fall.|
Coaches of the Year
Duncan Chase, Barnstable
|After coaching for eight years, Chase's overall record stands at 109-3. His team went 14-0 this year and concluded its season as state champions with a state-record score of 148.125. Despite numerous injuries, Barnstable became the first school in state history to record a score of 148 or better. He said that this team was his "strongest, most talented team, in any of [his] coaching years." Chase is joined here with his All-Scholastic gymnasts, Allison Szatek and Leah Pacheco.|
Richard Baczewski, Burlington
|Under Baczewski's instruction, Burlington took the regular-season title (7-0-0) from defending state champion Braintree in a close dual meet, 169.8-169.1. However, Burlington fell a little short in the MIAA state championships, finishing second to Braintree. Baczewski has coached gymnastics for 21 years and is looking forward to year 22. "This year's team was my best team as head coach. We are a young team and I am looking toward next year," he said.|
The Girls' All-Scholastics
Lauren Kempton, Chelmsford
|A solid all-around performer, Kempton used her skills to help Chelmsford to a third-place finish in the state team competition, and also qualified for the individual event finals at state. She came in fifth overall at the North Sectional.|
Shannon Kidger, Danvers
|Kidger started her high school gymnastics career on a good note, coming in fourth at state in the all-around competition with a 36.775 score. She also plays softball and soccer and her goal is to stay on the Honor Roll and graduate with honors.|
Erin Machado, Case
|Only a freshman, Machado finished sixth in the state all-around individual championship with a 36.325 score. Machado is a level 10 and competed in the AAU Nationals last year, finishing in the top five in three events.|
Stephanie Negrotti, Beverly
|Negrotti took third in the all-around (37.0) at the state championship individual competition. She was named Northeastern Conference all-star and holds the school record on the balance beam (9.65). Negrotti also plays varsity softball.|
Kim O'Donnell, Reading
|O'Donnell shined at the state meet, tying Alison Carr to win a share of the all-around (37.950). She also took first in the Middlesex League in all-around, vault, bars, and floor. O'Donnell is going to attend Cornell and compete in gymnastics.|
Leah Pacheco, Barnstable
|Starting off with a bang, Pacheco stood out this season as one of the top scorers on the state champion Barnstable team, helping it to a state record score of 148.125. She also tied the school record on the uneven bars with a 9.7.|
Chelsea Rossetti, Masconomet
|In her last year, Rosetti was captain and helped her team place second at states. Rosetti took ninth in the all-around at the state meet and was selected as the Cape Ann League all-star and named to the Senior National Team for Massachusetts.|
Taylor See, Stoneham
|Finishing the regular season as the Middlesex League beam champion and co-champion in the all-around, See continued her streak as she entered the state championship meet. She came in second in the all-around with a 37.850.|
Allison Szatek, Barnstable
|Injury could not keep Szatek from participating in her final high school meet. She competed on bars and her score counted toward Barnstable's team title. She was named Gymnast of the Year and also named to the Senior National Team.|
Samantha Whiffen, Sharon
|Whiffen was named the Hockomock League MVP and placed first in the all-around and all four events in the Hockomock championships. She also came in fifth in the all-around at states, scoring a 36.6. She hopes to compete at the college level.|
Lexi Zonfrelli, Bridgewater-Raynham
|As B-R's captain, Zonfrelli led her team to a third-place finish at the South Sectional meet. Individually, she was third in the all-around in the sectional. At state individuals, she was eighth in the all-around including fifth place in the beam.|
The Boys' All-Scholastics
Zachery Aguiar, Lowell
|Only a sophomore, Aguiar already has an impressive resume. He took second place in the all-around at the state championships with a 51.9 and came in second on the floor (9.3), pommel horse (8.8), rings (8.6), and parallel bars (8.3).|
Greg Ducach, Braintree
|As co-captain the past two years, Ducach has much to be proud of, having contributed to Braintree's four consecutive team state titles. He placed third on floor and fifth in the all-around at the state meet. He will attend Connecticut.|
Blake Ellis, Braintree
|Ellis made his mark quickly in the high school gymnastics arena and is one to keep watching. He placed first on floor with a 9.4, second on vault, fourth on high bar and parallel bars, and fifth on rings. In his free time, Ellis likes to play baseball and soccer.|
Joe Gianino, Burlington
|After breaking the record for the highest all-around score at Burlington with a 52.6 during the season, Gianino led his team to a second-place finish at states. Gianino placed third in the all-around at the state meet, scoring a 51.6.|
Tim Monaco, Braintree
|Monaco finished his high school career placing first on parallel bars and sixth on rings at the state meet. As captain, he led the team to its fourth consecutive state championship. He will attend Springfield College or Temple University.|
Andy O'Connell, Andover
|Unable to compete in all-around at the state meet because of injury, O'Connell still showcased his ability, winning the pommel horse with a 9.0, tying for first on the parallel bars (8.5), and coming in fourth on rings (8.2). He is going to WPI in the fall.|
Joe Ponticelli, Braintree
|Adding more depth to the Braintree team, Ponticelli finished fifth on the pommel horse and high bar and sixth on the floor and all-around at the state meet. He is on the Honor Roll and also enjoys playing basketball, golf, and soccer.|
BAY STATE: Amy Caldwell, Lauren Ellen, Carole Murphy, Samantha Ryan, Laura Gavin, Lauren Ellis, Braintree; Amy Antonowicz, Kara Kelly, and Stephanie Hardie, Weymouth; Arabella Levinsky, Sarah Smith, Liz Quinn, Natick; Alex Mazzola, Ashley Allen, Melissa Stoller, Katie Cooper, Maria Pinheiro, Framingham; Sabrina Brown, Arielle Dembe, Sophie Perides, Rani Jacobson, Samantha Levin, Nevart Varadian, Newton North; Lydia Squires, Tessa Messing, Kate Evans, Needham; Arielle Chermin, Brookline; Jackie Rando, Walpole; Jaime Lewis and Kathleen Maroun, Norwood.
CRANBERRY: Alison Szatek, Chelsea Harper, Laura Malicia, Kelly Ann Palma, Melissa Bowe, Leah Pacheco, Shelby Couture, and Anna Morgan, Barnstable; Sarah Jane Bibeau, Somerset/Bishop Connolly; Kayla LeClair, Carver; Caroline Powers, Nantucket; Erin Machado, Lindsey Robinson, Sarah McClintock, Case/Seekonk; Lexi Zonfrelli, Danielle Haslam, Jillian Kitterick, and Heather Spring, Bridgewater-Raynham; Valerie Leboeuf, Amanda DeForest, and Molly Kooshan, Attleboro; Jenna Woods, Notre Dame.
HOCKOMOCK: Samantha Whiffen, Sarah Schwarzschild, Allison Weiffenbach and Jessica Savrann, Sharon; Emily Damari, Erin Donnelly and Ilana Rothkopf, Canton; Karen Arundson and Katie Nickerson, King Philip; Laura Angers and Kimberly Young, Mansfield.
NORTHEASTERN/CAPE ANN: Morgan Pickett, Marblehead; Chelsea Rossetti, Sarah Meinelt, Brittany Aghoian, Katie Ruccolo, Emily Peterson, Masconomet; Stephanie Negrotti, Beverly; Shannon Kidger, Abby Moreira, Nicole Fecteau, and Jaime Levine, Danvers; Jess Corneau and Molly Wong, Salem; Filipe Silva, Gloucester; Michelle Hall and Kathie Andrusin, North Andover; DeAnna Vecchiarello, Jess Rose, and Amanda Getchell, Hamilton-Wenham; Jane Derdrian and Nicole Gennacoo, Winthrop.
PATRIOT: Berkeley Hall, Erica Kay and Erin Scroggins, Pembroke; Jackie Wescott, Rachel Dupuis and Katie Wescott, Silver Lake; Kim Callahan, Rockland; Heather Ainslie, Kathleen Franklin and Jen Rabbitt, Hanover; Lauren Cole, Scituate.
MERRIMACK VALLEY: Jenn Quirnbach and Carly Verrette, Andover; Cora Chando, Billerica; Shilanno Gallo, Central Catholic; Ali Carr, Alyssa Sevigny, Lauren Kempton, and Alexis Bolduc, Chelmsford; Kendra Groswald, Dracut; Kyle Redmond, Tewksbury.
MIDDLESEX: Leighann Ellis, Burlington; Stacey Simeola and Sarah Tullis, Melrose; Kim O'Donnell, Jessica Colvin, and Kim Spry, Reading; Taylor See, Stoneham; Hillary Tracy, Wakefield; Jess Hanlon and Courtney Gallagher, Winchester.