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Redhawks meet defending champs on Thursday

Dec. 22, 2010

Champlain Valley Union High gymnast Megan Nick performs during the annual South Burlington Invitational on Saturday. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

The Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team proved it has enviable depth and youth Saturday in the annual South Burlington Invitational.

This week, the Redhawks will see where they stand in state competition when they travel to Essex High Thursday for a 7 p.m. test against five-time state champion Essex High.

At South Burlington, in a meet that set competition by class rather than overall teams, the Redhawks took the all-around honors in the junior, sophomore and freshman groupings.

Leading the juniors was veteran Ashley Bachand, who swept victories in all four events: vault, bars, beam and floor exercise.

Emma Sienkiewycz took a third on the bars.

CVU athletes crowded into the top three in the sophomore class with Grace Carey emerging as the all around champ after winning on the beam and in floor exercise and finishing second on the bars.

Sarah Kinsley won the vault and bars, took second on the beam and third in floor exercise for runner-up in all around. Madison Bourdeau was third in all around while finishing second on the vault and third on the balance beam.

CVU’s Madison Bourdeau leaps above the balance beam at the Invitational. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Megan Nick ruled the freshman competition all around after wins in the vault, bars and floor exercise and a second on the beam.

On Thursday in Duxbury, the Redhawks defeated Harwood Union, 128.25 to 123.3. Bachand took the all around with wins on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise.

CVU gymnast Grace Carey works through her balance beam routine. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Kinsley was runner-up in all around by taking second on the bars and third on the beam. Bourdeau tied for second on the vault and was third in floor exercise. Carey was second on the beam.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

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