Newton South has a new gymnastics star.
In her first vault as a member of the Lions girls’ gymnastics team, freshman Camila Hernandez broke the school record in the event, during Wednesday night’s 134.0-133.9 win over Billerica.
Hernandez scored a 8.9 for her piked tsukahara vault, breaking the record of 8.8 set in 2006 by Violette Ehartock.
“She’s a strong vaulter,” coach Greg Beaupre said. “Very powerful.”
Hernandez, who competes in all four events, suffered a hyperextended knee during warmups for the team’s first meet of the season. She has been gradually coming back, according to Beaupre, and tonight was the first night she was able to compete to her full ability.
“She’s very focused and dedicated,” Beaupre said. “Basically willing to do anything for her team.”
The Lions squeaked out the one-10th victory, thanks in large part to Hernandez.
In addition to finishing first on vault, she also won the uneven bars (8.85), and finished second in floor (9.25) and balance beam (8.7). She took home first in the all-around with a 35.7.
“She’s definitely the type of kid you really want to have on your team,” Beaupre said.
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