Snow, illness, injury affect RHAM's early season
By Melanie Savage
Region - posted Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
It’s been a tough early season for the RHAM High School gymnastics team – they’ve been battling illness, injuries and snow.
“We’re really just hurting for time in the gym,” said head coach Kathy Jordan. “We’ve gotten snowed out more days than we’ve practiced in January.” They’ve also been snowed out of several meets, which will need to be rescheduled for later in the season. They’ve also had a junior competitor with a twisted ankle, “so she hasn’t come as far as we’d hoped,” said Jordan. Senior Jackie Werner is recovering from a serious infection in her foot, and has just recently returned to competition. “It’s been a tough start to the season,” said Jordan.
Coming into a meet against West Hartford’s Conard High School, the team was 1 and 1. A lack of practice time on the beam likely led to some problems with the event, historically one of the team’s strongest. “You’ve got to have time on the beam to be strong,” said Jordan. The final score was a close 132.85 Conard, 129.45 RHAM.
RHAM is a relatively young team, with only two seniors and several juniors who have not competed for a while. “As they are getting into shape, I can see that they have promise,” said Jordan. The team’s two freshmen “are really going to be a good help to the team,” said Jordan.
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Co-captain Jackie Werner is a senior from Andover. Werner has been involved in gymnastics her whole life, and says that floor is “definitely” her strongest event. Werner plans to attend college next fall. “I don’t know if I’m going to do gymnastics,” she said.
Co-captain Sarah Fish is a senior from Marlborough. Fish plans to attend Roger Williams next fall, most likely to study business and environmental science. The school doesn’t have a gymnastics team. “I might do cheerleading,” said Fish.
Emma Hartan is a junior from Hebron, and a very strong gymnast. She is a member of the level 8/9 club team at Patti Dunne’s, and hopes to continue the sport at the college level. “I hope to do gymnastics in Division III, somewhere in New England,” she said.
Coach Kathy Jordan
First season as head coach.
Kathy Jordan served as assistant coach of the RHAM gymnastics team for two years before taking over as head coach this year. Jordan also coaches club gymnastics at Patti Dunne’s in Hebron. She was a member of Dunnes Gymnastics’ first USGF state championship team, is a former AAU state Junior Olympic champion and a former USAG and high school judge.
Jackie Werner and Sarah Fish.