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Gymnastics preview: Season will feature rebuilding

The Weston High gymnastics team will be a small group in terms of numbers with only five gymnasts. It includes, from left, Claudia Hason, Natalie Hassett (captain), Casey Redcay, Jessica Gandal and Nupur Daptardar (not pictured).

A decrease in numbers puts the Weston High gymnastics team in a unique situation as it prepares to start the 2012-13 season.

The Trojans have only five girls on the team. Only two are returning with experience in high school meets.

Since not all of them will take part in all-around competition at first the Trojans will not be able to post team scores for at least a few meets.

“Numbers are small,” said second-year head coach Megan Cebulski, whose team started practice the week after Thanksgiving.” It’s a rebuilding year.”

While Weston did get new gymnasts on the team graduation took its toll since last season when it finished with a 4-10 record. Among those who left are former captains Alexis Gandal, Lena Romaldini and Maddie Ratté, all of whom competed for several  seasons.

An all around gymnast, Gandal was often the team’s highest scorer. Romaldini competed on the floor, balance beam and uneven bars. Ratté was experienced on the vault, beam and floor.

Weston also graduated Mary Corcoran, who was injured for part of last season. Junior Keturah Sarno, another all around gymnast, did not come our for the team and will devote more time to competitive diving.

The Trojans have just two experienced all-around gymnasts this season. One is captain Natalie Hassett, a junior.

They have two sophomores who are back, including Casey Redcay, another all-around gymnast.

“Both have come back stronger,” said Cebulski. “I’m impressed with their improvement.”

Nupur Daptardar, who was new to the sport last season, is also back. New to the team are junior Claudia Hason and freshman Jessica Gandal.

“My main hope for the season is they develop a lot of leadership and set goals for themselves,” said Cebulski.

Weston opens the season today (Thursday) at Greenwich and also takes on Staples at 6 p.m.

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