CVU once again a bridesmaid

Gymnastics squad finishes second for third time in last four years

Feb. 24, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
CVU sophomore Sarah Kinsley performs her floor routine during the VPA Gymnastics Championships on Feb. 19. Kinsley finished fifth overall. (Observer photo by Scott Yates)

The top-seeded Champlain Valley Union High School gymnastics team came away from the Vermont State Meet Saturday with another second place slot, the Redhawks’ third in the last four years.

But the youthful CVU team was already looking forward to another year.

“We will be back,” said Maddy Bourdeau, a veteran sophomore competitor.

All seven of the Redhawk participants will return next winter to once again try to take the crown from an Essex team that performed very well in earning its sixth straight title.

CVU finished the regular season with a 7-0 mark and a rare victory over Essex in a dual meet early in the season. Saturday, however, the defending champs were not to be denied.

After a third-place finish due in part to injuries last year, CVU made this year’s battle a tight one, losing out in the final accounting with 140.350 points to the Hornets’ 142.850 points.

South Burlington finished third, well back of the top two with 126.375 points.

“Overall, we had a pretty good meet,” said first year CVU head coach Carly O’Brien Rivard, adding that slips on the bars and balance beam cost points.

“Those two events have the greatest potential for problems,” Rivard had noted before the competition began.

Essex nailed the beam, scoring 35.92 points as senior Mary Parmenter, the meet’s all-around winner, scored a high 9.425 points to capture the event. CVU had 34.750 points in the event.

Parmenter, in collecting her second straight state all-around title, also earned a victory on the vault while taking second on the bars and fifth in floor exercise. She posted 36.925 points.

If Parmenter wasn’t winning, Essex freshman whiz Karyn Svarczkopf was, taking floor exercise and the bars to finish second in all-around with 36.1 points.

CVU’s Ashley Bachand, a junior, who was second to Parmenter in all-around last year, came in third after posting a solid second on the vault. She tied for third in floor exercise, fourth on the bars, and eighth on the beam. She compiled 36.85 points.

CVU freshman Megan Nick came in fourth in all-around with a tie for third on the vault, fifth on the bars, tie for fifth on the beam and sixth in floor exercise for 35.7 points.

“I felt pretty good,” said Nick following her first state high school meet. “But I think I could have done better.”

Redhawks’ sophomore Sarah Kinsley was fifth in the all-around ranks. She placed second on the beam and tied with Bachand for third in floor exercise. She was eighth on the bars.

Sophomore Grace Carey took fifth place on the bars and Bourdeau tied for third on the vault, which gave the Redhawks three places in the top four in their first event of the afternoon.

The only seniors on the 14-member CVU squad, co-captains Hannah Bond and Heather Mallow did not compete Saturday.