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Strong presence heading into IHSA sectionals

Carmel Gymnastics to build on domination at regionals

Brian Arata, Political Editor

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As the Carmel gymnastics team gets on the bus this afternoon to head to sectionals at Stevenson High School, the girls are riding high with momentum from their home victory last week. But while the excitement of playing in front of the home crowd was exhilarating for the team, they have their eyes on a bigger prize.

“We are going to pick up on our highs and keep going,” Wahlers said. “It’s going to be really close next week, but if we hit our routines and continue to work hard, I think we will do very well.”

On Thursday, for the 16th year in a row, the team took home the IHSA regional championship, soundly defeating Wheeling High School, Niles North High School, and Stevenson High School in a packed Salvi Arena.

“The energy with the Student Section was absolutely amazing,” senior Alyssa Legarreta said. “It was a dream come true to compete in front of them at home.”

The enthusiastic Student Section, along with numerous Carmel parents, faculty, and staff, were cheering loud all evening for the Corsairs, but the loudest roar came during and after senior Sammi Lococo’s floor routine. With a 9.7, Lococo not only won the floor exercise, but the all-around competition as well.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete in front of our student section, and I’m glad I took advantage of it,” Lococo said. “We’ve still got work to do, but as long as we do what we’ve been doing in practice, we should be fine.”

Tonight’s IHSA sectional competition is a must-win situation for the team. Without this win, the team risks missing out on a trip to the state championships.

“There are still things to work on, like always,” senior captain Colleen Kadowaki explained, “but we are going to leave it all on the floor on Monday.”

 

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