February 17, 2009


Comets all-around trio enjoy Valentine’s treat


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Gretta Allen, 9, of the YMCA Comets steadies herself during her routine on the balance beam. Allen posted a second-place 9.1 score in the event during Saturday’s Valentine’s Meet at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.

In the largest ever Valentine’s Meet gathering of gymnasts, the host Cortland YMCA Comets crowned three all-around champions this past Saturday.
Emily Cottrell in the Level 5 Junior B Division, Katie O’Neil in the Level 5 Senior Division and Alyssa Proulx in the Prep Senior Division were those all-around champions for Cortland as over 220 tumblers took part in three different sessions in this annual event held at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Teams representing Glens Falls, Saratoga, Genesee/Wyoming, Watertown, Oneonta, Corning, Westside, Central Square, Lowville, Middleburgh and Cortland were involved.
The Comets placed third in the all-around with a combined 109.80 score at Level 5. And despite missing three gymnasts, the Level 4 squad was eighth in the all-around with a 105.55 score.
IN LEVEL 4, Abby Putnam and Cary Trierwiler had first place showings for the Comets.
Putnam was first in floor exercise with a 9.4 routine in her Intermediate A Division, and placed fourth in all-around with a 36.00 score. That included a second place finish in vaulting.
In the Intermediate B Division, Trierwiler won vaulting with a 9.6 score, was second on balance beam, placed third in floor exercise and ended up fourth in the all-around with a 35.20 score. Teammate Gretta Stockwin received a special judges’ award for her dismount on the uneven bars, and posted a personal best 32.40 all-around score.
In the Junior A Division, Cortland’s Meleah Harnett was also a judges’ award winner for “competing through pain and distraction” during her 9.4 vault that was good for fourth place. That score and a 9.15 on floor were personal bests. In the Junior B Division, Margaret Reagan had a personal best 8.8 on floor and Rachel Osterhoudt a best ever 8.0 on balance beam.
IN LEVEL 5, Cottrell was first on bars with a personal best 9.4 and in floor exercise with a 9.3 score that earned a judges’ award for her leap en route to the all-around crown in the Junior B Division. She compiled a 37.10 score, including thirds in vault and beam.
O’Neil was the Senior Division all-around winner with a 36.65 total, which including a first place 9.25 effort on bars. She was second in the other three events, finishing behind teammate Brittany Lindhorst’s 9.25 routine in floor exercise. Both girls record personal best numbers throughout the day, including Lindhorst’s 34.25 all-around total.
In the Child Division, Gretta Allen was third with a personal best 35.80 score, which included her best scores taking second on beam (9.1) and third on bars (8.8).
IN LEVEL 7, Teall Karn in the Intermediate Division and Lydia Allen in the Junior B Division were both second place finishers in all-around.
Karn won floor exercise with her best 9.45 score, was second in vaulting with another personal best 9.6 score and finished with her highest 35.85 all-around total. Allen’s 37.30 in the all-around was her best ever score, which including first place personal bests in vaulting (9.7) and floor (9.6) to go along with a second on bars and third on beam.
IN THE PREP Division, Proulx was competing in her first meet and won all four events en route to a 35.70 all-around total.