Woodstock Centaurs continue their winning ways
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., Jan. 24, 2012
The Woodstock Centaurs shared a coach and competition with the Killingly High Redgals on Jan. 23. The defending Class M state gymnastics champs from Woodstock scored 143.9, to Killingly's 131.05. It was the second time the two teams competed against each other this season.
Coach Robin Deary-Filmore spotted Centaur athletes as they performed routines on the parallel bars and clapped as her Killingly athletes performed their floor routines. Deary-Filmore has been a coach in common for years, but she doesn't find that it’s a source of conflict. “It's a great dynamic,” she said. “The thing about this sport is that as much as it's a team sport, it's an individual sport, as well. They respect each other's hard work. They cheer for each other, no matter what team they're on.”
The teams competed on the parallel bars and vault to begin the night. Coaches, team members and audience members alike clapped after each gymnast's performance. Deary-Filmore stayed close to the bars to spot the athletes. “They understand how hard each child works in here,” she said. “They understand the difficulty. They respect each other.”
The Woodstock team is as strong as it’s going to get this year, according to Deary-Filmore. “They are fabulous, right down to my freshmen. They're very strong together.”
Shaila Segal finished first in the individual all-around competition with 36.4; Jackie Deary came in second with 36.1; and Bree Hussong came in third with 35.5. Segal came in first in the bars (9.4); beam (9.6); and tied for first in the vault (9.2). Courtney Osborn tied for first in the vault (9.2); and tied for first in the floor routine (9.2). Woodstock took the top three spots in the beam event.
The ECC tournament will be held on Feb. 10. “The community should come to watch and see how amazing these girls are,” Deary-Filmore said. “I don't think people understand just how talented these girls are unless they come and watch.” The ECC tournament will showcase the best of the best in the state, she said.