Gymnastics: Hassett shines at SWCs

Weston High’s Natalie Hassett placed in several events at the South-West Conference gymnastics championhsips last Thursday, Feb. 7.—Mary Hassett photo

In one sense the timing was right for the Weston High gymnastics team at the South-West Conference finals last week.

While the Trojans did not have enough gymnasts to post a team score, the ones that did compete put up personal best performances in a few events on Thursday, Feb. 7, at New Milford High.

“It is always exciting when athletes peak at the right time in the season,” said Weston head coach Megan Cebulski. “The girls worked so hard and improved at every meet this season. As a coach, I am proud to work with athletes who are determined and committed to gymnastics.”

Weston, which had only two gymnasts compete in meets during most of the season, had three for the league finals. All competed in the vault.

Leading Weston was Natalie Hassett. A score of 8.55 was not only a personal best, it was good for fifth overall.

“Natalie has been an excellent leader as the captain of our team,” said Cebulski. “She is encouraging and supportive at all times with her teammates. She is passionate and dedicated to continuous improvement.”

Casey Redcay was next with a 7.6. Also competing for Weston was Jessica Gandal with a 6.0.

Hassett would have her highest score on the uneven bars, her best event. Posting another personal best with an 8.85, she was tied for fourth with Masuk’s Olivia Fox and was named to the All-SWC first team in the event, marking the first time in several seasons a a Weston gymnast received such recognition.

“I just went in there looking to have a good meet,” said Hassett, who also qualified to compete in the event at the state Class S finals on Feb. 23. “I hoped I would place on the bars.”

Redcay also had her best performance of the meet on the bars with a 7.8.

“Casey returned this year as a sophomore with more difficult skills and greater confidence,” said Cebulski. “ Her new floor routine has scored well and highlights her strengths as a gymnast. Her scores this season reflect her desire to improve each day. I am so glad that Casey did so well at the SWC meet.”

The balance beam resulted in a 7.35 for Hassett. Her score increased a bit for the floor with an 8.1, putting her in the top eight overall, and Redcay scored a 7.15.

Hassett also placed in the all-around competition with a combined 32.850, putting her in a three-way tie for fifth with Pomperaug’s Maya James and Megan Sapack.

Note: Newtown was the team winner of the meet with a sore of 129.050. New Milford was runner-up with 128.850 and Nonnewaug took third with 126.350.

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