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W-L gymnast first; Yorktown team second in region meet

Patriots finish a close second by fractions of points to Oakton
Yorktown High School's Olivia Hejl floor helped the Patriots finish second in the region championships.

The Yorktown Patriots as a team and Washington-Liberty Generals’ individual all-arounder Noki Din continued their standout seasons with strong showings in the 6D North Region gymnastics championships.

In the high-school team competition, Yorktown had a 140.35 score and finished a close second to the Oakton Cougars who had 140.7 total at Washington-Liberty High School on Feb. 8. Din won the all-around competition with a 36.875 score

The junior won the uneven bars among all-around participants (9.6), was fourth on the floor exercise (9.225), seventh on the vault (9.1) and 10th on the balance beam (8.95).

By winning the all-around, the junior qualified for the upcoming Class 6 state tournament.

A week earlier, Din won the Liberty District all-around crown.

“What gave her the edge was Noki started the night on the uneven bars and had a very strong routine and that gave her the edge and carried her the rest of the meet,” Washington-Liberty coach Joe D’Emidio said. “She really nailed that routine.”

Yorktown’s region team score was higher than a week earlier when the Patriots also were the Liberty District champs with a 138.675 total.

The slight difference between Yorktown and Oakton was the closest in the history of the 6D region tourney.

Yorktown did not have an all-arounder finish in the top 10. The Patriots top individual finisher in any of the four events was by Olivia Heji on the bars with a 9.25 score. Avery Stoker had an 8.95 on beam.

Another top point-scorer for Yorktown was Lia Musser, with an all-round total of 34.925, including a high of 8.975 on the floor.

Other Yorktown gymnasts participating and scoring in events were Natalie Good, Maya Mandelur, Cady Anderson Garbow, Anya Clemmer, Nathalia Colque, Madison Mastrongelo, Clara Kresse, Olivia Juergens and Olivia Hays. Some competed in multiple events.

Last season, Yorktown did not qualify for the region championships finishing fourth in the Liberty District.

As a team, Washington-Liberty finished fourth in the region with a 138.95 score, and was led by Din. The team score was W-L’s best of the season.

Others competing for the Generals were Mariam Papinashuvili, Mara Gerardi, Alana Johnson, Lulu Ax, Ella Bomberger and Ellen Boling, Abby Hogan and Tosca Filippone.

Gerardi had an all-round score of 33.65 and Johnson scored a 9.5 on the vault.

“That was a vault of a lifetime,” D’Emidio said.

Wakefield High School’s Madeline Wearing finished eighth in the all-around with a 35.2 total. Her highest score was 9.35 on the beam. She had a 9.225 on the vault and an 8.925 on the floor.