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Girls' State Gymnastics

Algonquin beaming after winning first state title in 17 years

By Emily Wright
Globe Correspondent / February 27, 2011

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SHREWSBURY — After Algonquin sophomore Chloe Herczeg stuck a piked Yurchenko, her team and the enormous maroon Tomahawk cheering section at Shrewsbury High School erupted in cheers. Herczeg was the final competitor in the vault and her effort clinched Algonquin’s first MIAA state gymnastics championship in 17 years.

Algonquin won with a score of 143.100. Wellesley was second at 140.550.

The Tomahawks took home the South Sectional crown last weekend for the first time, while knocking out Barnstable, which had reigned supreme for 11 years in the South.

Algonquin qualified for the state meet the past two years, but finished fourth both times.

Algonquin coach Amelia Davis felt her squad performed at its peak in three of the four events yesterday to help seal the win.

The Tomahawks won the beam (36.600) and floor (36.750) and finished third in the vault (35.550). That helped overcome a shaky start in the bars (34.200), in which Algonquin was fifth.

“We’ve been looking to really hit beam all season and to have our four top girls [Amanda Hubley, Herczeg, Alissa Wood, and Kate Gothing] hit beam here was awesome,’’ said Davis, in her fourth year leading Algonquin.

Hubley, a senior, was second in the beam with a 9.400, 0.175 behind all-around winner Janis Konkle of Acton-Boxboro.

Acton-Boxboro finished third (140.225) led by Konkle, who came in first in all four events, including a tie with Wellesley’s Megan Lapp on the floor (9.625). Konkle plans on competing at the Division 1 collegiate level, but her focus yesterday was on her team’s performance.

“Today was really more of a team effort,’’ Konkle said. “I got the all-around before, it wasn’t a big goal for me today. It was more about the team.’’

Algonquin’s team may be back next winter. Davis’s squad has six juniors and six sophomores. Herczeg finished second in the floor (9.600) and the vault (9.550). Hubley was third on the vault with a 9.325.

“Chloe came in on all-around for the first time this season and had a great meet,’’ Davis said. “She came in and was a little shaky on bars and then pulled it together for the last three. Same with Amanda, I think we had jitters on bars and we needed to get those out. But the best thing was that the team really came together and rallied around Amanda and we came back.’’