There was no stopping the Essex High gymnastics team as it rolled to its ninth consecutive state championship Saturday at Essex High.
Where in the past few years, the Champlain Valley Union high team had given the Hornets some anxious moments, the Redhawks this time around squeezed into second place just ahead of South Burlington High, which was second seed to CVU’s third seed.
Essex was mighty, taking the first three places in all-around and first in all four disciplines, led by all-around winner Karyn Svarczkopf.
Essex compiled 145.225 points to 127.65 for the Redhawks and 126.675 for South Burlington.
Top CVU performer was senior Sarah Kinsley with an eighth on the bars.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent