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CVU gymnasts top seeded in state championships

Feb. 17, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With a perfect 7-0 regular season mark as its passport, the Champlain Valley Union High School gymnastics team will be the top seed Saturday when the state championship competition gets underway (2 p.m.) at Essex High School.

“The girls are very excited,” first year coach Carly O’Brien Rivard said.

“They are confident but perhaps a little nervous about tumbling,” she added, noting that the foam floor at Essex can make a difference in tumbling moves during floor exercise.
However, most of the Redhawks have previously been in title competition in Essex. Last year CVU got nicked by injuries and a powerful Essex team captured its fifth straight Division 1 crown.

Veteran Ashley Bachand, freshman Megan Nick, Madison Bourdeau, and all-around performer Sarah Kinsley lead this year’s healthy squad.

Grace Carey is recuperating from an ankle injury but has the green light for two events.
Five team members enter each event with the top four scores counting. Rivard believes that Essex and South Burlington are serious competitors for the title. The Redhawks defeated both in separate meets this winter.

Rivard is no stranger to state championship meets. She competed quite well while a student at Rice Memorial before graduating in 1995.

“Back then the championships were held at the University of Vermont,” she recalled.
Rivard has family help with the task of running the team. Her sister Jillian is an assistant coach while her mom, Shelly O’Brien, a former state meet director, keeps score.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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