Woodstock Academy gymnasts continue to dominate league

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Jan. 14, 2013
The Woodstock Academy gymnastics team with Coach Robin Deary-Fillmore. Photos by D. Coffey.
The Woodstock Academy gymnastics team with Coach Robin Deary-Fillmore. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Woodstock Academy gymnastics team continues to dominate in the ECC medium division. The team put up its second-highest score of the season (144.6) against East Lyme and Old Lyme on Jan. 11. Coach Robin Deary-Fillmore calls this Centaur team the strongest team since the WA program's inception more than 17 years ago.

Seniors Shaila Segal and Alison Rich captain the nine-member squad. Segal has already signed a letter of intent to compete for Central Michigan, a Division 1 school currently ranked at number one in college standings. Segal is an all-arounder who scores higher on the beam, said Deary-Fillmore.

Juniors Bree Hussong and Courtney Osborn round out the upper class portion of the squad. Hussong is the defending ECC all-around champion. Osborn took the gold in the floor exercise on Jan. 11.

Sophomore Jackie Deary is the defending vault champion, but has also won the gold medal for all-around three times this season. Her twin, Nickie, has come back from an injury last year and is also strong on the vaults, according to Deary-Fillmore. “I'm absolutely proud of all the girls on the team,” she said, “but I'm especially proud of Nickie, who was injured last year. She has come back very strong. She's made a significant difference to the team this year.”

“The girls are well-trained athletes,” said Deary-Filmore. “They are very dedicated. They know how hard they have to work to get and stay at the level that they're at. The main thing they want to improve on is their consistency. They want to try to do their absolute best every time they go out. We've had a couple of meets where we've had a couple of falls, so we're trying to do this as best we can do it at the time.”

The secret is learning to get better in actual competition, the coach said. “Nerves take over when you get in competition. We do a lot of practicing at the meets with total silence in the gym and with everybody stopping to watch, so it feels more like a competition,” Deary-Fillmore added.

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