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"I'm always very nervous before meets," said Jennings, an Elmont senior on Sewanhaka District's gymnastics team. "I try to play music in my mind and that calms me down."
It was at the start of Monday's Nassau gymnastics state qualifier when doubt crept into the back of Jessica Lopez's mind. Initially, the Plainview JFK freshman said, there always is. But this time, she conceded, there was a bit more apprehension than usual.
Murphy, junior Allison Wick and eighth-grader Heidi Baldinger, who attends Berner Middle School, each qualified Monday for the state meet. It's been 10 years since Massapequa had three girls qualify for the state meet, Chiefs coach Mike Capone said.
Crasa, a Ward Melville junior who secured a full scholarship to George Washington University this week, dominated in the Suffolk individual championships at Smithtown East, earning an all-around score of 38.275. The victory means she'll headline the state team in February for the second year in a row and the third time in her career. She also led her Patriots to a county title earlier this week.
Harborfields gymnastics coach Carrie Miller is watching her girls practice on the uneven bars before their win over North Babylon, gently chiding them to focus their eyes on where they're going rather than where they may fall.
Chin, a Kellenberg sophomore, earned a 9.1 on her floor routine en route to a 34.550 all around, good for the top spot in the CHSAA individual state championship at Kellenberg High School Saturday.
The Port Jefferson gymnastics team is only six girls strong. They're all seniors, and most have been competing for coach Alycia Sullivan since middle school. Tight-knit? Absolutely. And this season, it's making a big difference.