Maine South gymnasts earn season-opening victory over Highland Park

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Maine South def. Highland Park 133.90-119.95

THE SKINNY

The Maine South and Highland Park girls gymnastics teams began their seasons with a dual meet in Highland Park. The Hawks outscored the Giants in all four events Tuesday night en route to a 133.90-119.95 victory.

TURNING POINT

Maine South was in the lead throughout the meet, but the Hawks performed very well on floor exercise, which was the meet’s third event. Their last three gymnasts on floor recorded scores of 8.8 or higher. Senior Nicole Nieder (9.0) went third, sophomore Carly Berns (9.1) went fourth and freshman Alysa Chiovatero (8.8) was Maine South’s last competitor.

THE STARS

Chiovatero competed in her first high school meet on Tuesday, and she recorded the meet’s highest score on uneven bars (8.45) and beam (8.8). She tied Hawks freshman Sara Ignoffo for the highest score on vault (8.9).

BY THE NUMBERS

Highland Park senior Emily Ablin earned her team’s top score on vault (8.5), uneven bars (8.4) and beam (8.0). Highland Park sophomore Avery Spitz recorded an 8.8 on floor exercise, which was the Giants’ best score in that event.

QUOTABLE

“I feel like, overall, they had a pretty solid overall meet. Varsity, we had some falls on beam, but that’s always something they have to deal with. Altogether, they hit for the most part. From here on out, we just have the normal stuff to work on — cleaning things up, increasing difficulty level and getting little mistakes out.” — Maine South coach Tessa Robinson

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