Tumblers eager to get back to the top spot

Coaches Bryan Garoutte (left) and Cindy Guy oversee 34 gymnasts on this year’s team. - Brad Camp/for the Review
Coaches Bryan Garoutte (left) and Cindy Guy oversee 34 gymnasts on this year’s team.
— image credit: Brad Camp/for the Review

It’s a much different Bainbridge gymnastics team these days.

They have 34 girls on the team this season, which means head coach Cindy Guy and assistant coach Bryan Garoutte have to divide the team in groups of four to make sure they’re working on their routines.

But with the recent snow storm canceling practice and forcing them to change the schedule, things have been a bit chaotic as they work to comply with the changes.

“We’re just winging it,” she said. “It’s going to be crazy.”

Last season the Spartans saw their undefeated regular season streak end at the hands of Holy Names. Guy said the streak officially ended at 122 meets without a loss.

They also lost the Metro League title to the Cougars, then took sixth at the district meet as a team.

They sent seven individuals to the 3A state meet where they finished tenth in the overall standings.

Their highest finish as a team was in the floor excercise where they took third.

They lost four scorers from last year’s team to graduation in Katie Mathews, Talia Weiss, Laura Bricklin and Eva Fazzini.

But with the 34 members of the team returns several that Guy feels can score at state.

Chief among them are senior co-captains Adrienne Palay and Anne Schwartz.

Palay finished 22nd in the all-around at state, while Schwartz missed half the season due to a broken leg.

Guy said she won’t be available for the floor exercise, but said she wasn’t sure if she’d be available at all.

Also back are Rachel Kaminier, Laura Hilst, Grace Allen and Megan Duncan.

“It’s a good solid group,” Guy said.

A newcomer in senior transfer Eryn Thomas will help with scoring points, as will Olivia Allbritton and Dominique D’Onfrio.

“We have some JV kids coming up that are talented,” Guy said.

Schwartz said she feels that Marielle Summers can score as well.

“They’ve been pretty big for JV,” Palay said of the girls new to varsity. “They can really help us.”

Guy said they can score well on floor even with the new changes in how they must perform their routines, but they still need work on their beam routine.

“Once we get we get the routines ready to go, we’ll get the varsity kids going on the beam,” she said. “We’re pretty strong on vault as always but we have a lot of work to do on bars.”

They’ll also have strong competition from teams like Holy Names with their top gymnast in Katie Rock.

But with the Metro championship meet being held at Bainbridge this season and with the district taking an additional team, Guy is confident they can reach their goals.

“If we work really hard we can definitely qualify,” Palay said.

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