Girls Varsity Gymnastics · Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team Off to a Great Start To 2018-19 Season

Excitement is building for this years 2018-19 Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team after last years run to the OHSAA State Championships.  This year, the team has several new members including Junior Nikki Kuchta, Sophomore Paige Hadchiti, and Freshmen Molly Benefiel, Diana Burban, Abbey Cigoi, Makayla Dzurik, Allee Pagan, Emy Pagan, Kaylin Paulozzi, Danica Svilar and Allyson Talpas. This is in addition to the returning Juniors Avery Keller, Peyton Schrader, Ashley Sekeres and Bella Zimmerman and returning Sophomores Mya Costello, Julia Falcioni, Hannah Haffner, Ana Jablonsky, Emily Shuck, Jordan Starre and Kylie Zabielski. With a whopping 22 gymnasts, the Bears have added another Assistant Coach, Niki Hill.

The Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team is off to a great start with 2 first place finishes and several school records have already fallen.

On Tuesday, December 11th, the Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team hosted a meet against Stow, Hudson, Twinsburg and Walsh to start their 2018-19 season. The Bears did not compete their full line-up and had a lot of Freshmen making their debut. Although their were a few hiccups, the Bears took 3rd place as a team. Hudson took 1st, Stow took 2nd, Twinsburg was 4th and Walsh did not have enough girls to qualify for a team score.

Freshman Molly Benefiel debuting a yurchenko layout that earned her a first place finish against Hudson, Stow, Twinsburg and Walsh. Photo Courtesy of Justina Saxby –

Makayla Dzurik and Abbey Cigoi both started their season with flipping vaults and Diana Burban debuted a solid floor routine. Standout freshman Molly Benefiel took 1st place on vault with a layout yurchenko that scored a 9.35. She also took 6th in the all-around. Sophomore Hannah Haffner came out of the gates on fire. She took 2nd place on vault and beam and 4th in the all-around. Sophomore Jordan Starre competed 3 events, including a strong showing on beam. Juniors Peyton Schrader and Ashley Sekeres also competed, showing off some new skills.

On Thursday, December 13th, the Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team participated in the Beauty and the Beast Meet against reigning state champions, Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Although neither team competed a full line-up, the Bears took the win and defeated the Bees 132.375 to 127.35.

Freshman Molly Benefiel took 1st on vault and 2nd on the uneven bars. Sophomore Hannah Haffner took 1st on bars with a personal best of 9.025. She also took 3rd on vault, 2nd on beam, floor and all-around. Junior Bella Zimmerman showed off some new tumbling and Freshman Ally Talpas made her debut on beam and floor.

On Saturday, December 22nd, the Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team traveled to Avon to take on Westlake High School, Berea-Midpark High School and Avon High School. Although the Bears still did not compete a full line-up, Junior Avery Keller and Sophomores Mya Costello, Julia Falcioni and Emily Shuck returned to the lineup. The Bears placed 1st as a team, scoring a 141.35, higher than any competition in the last year. Westlake took 2nd, Berea-Midpark 3rd and Avon took 4th.

Junior Avery Keller competing a huge release move in her winning bar routine against Westlake, Berea-Midpark and Avon. Photo Courtesy of Justina Saxby –

Mya Costello dominated the competition by taking 1st on vault, beam, floor and all-around, and 2nd place on bars. Mya also broke 2 school records. She scored a 9.55 on floor breaking the record set by Kristina Jacobs in 2005 and a 37.3 all-around, breaking the record set by Bethany Neczypor in 2005. Avery Keller took home the win on uneven bars, as well as taking 2nd on floor and all-around, tying for 4th on beam, and taking 5th on vault. Right behind her was sophomore Hannah Haffner who took 3rd on vault (personal best of 9.15) and all-around (personal best of 35.15), as well as tied for 3rd on bars. Hannah also tied for 4th on floor and took 5th on beam. Emily Shuck took 2nd place on beam with a personal best of 8.8. Julia Falcioni also had a solid beam routine and tied for 4th with her teammate, Avery.

Sophomore Mya Costello having some fun during her record-breaking 9.55 floor routine against Westlake, Berea-Midpark and Avon. Photo Courtesy of Justina Saxby –

The Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team next competition is Saturday January 5th at 6:00pm at Gymnastics World in Broadview Heights. This will be the first annual, Battle for a Cause against Brunswick. There will be no admission charge, but donations will be accepted for the teams’ charity. This is going to be a fun, light hearted meet and hope all of NORO Nation will show up wearing as much purple as they can. GO BEARS!!