RHAM gymnastics looks for steady improvement during the season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jan. 21, 2014
Kailee Chanski completes her routine on the balance beam during a Jan. 20 meet against Southington. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Kailee Chanski completes her routine on the balance beam during a Jan. 20 meet against Southington. Photos by Melanie Savage.

According to RHAM gymnastics head coach Kathy Jordan, the team is dealing with a very large group of athletes this year. Many of the competitors are new to the sport. “And then we have a good-sized group that have competed at the club level, who have solid experience behind them,” said Jordan. Another group of competitors who are crossovers from cheerleading, “are adding a solid core on the floor and vault,” said Jordan. With a solid background in performance, Jordan said the competitors with a cheerleading background, “bring the performance level of the whole team up.”

A Jan. 20 meet against Southington was only the second meet of the year for the RHAM team. Southington is composed of a lot of athletes who compete at the club level, giving them year-round training and performance opportunities. RHAM turned in a respectable performance against the more experienced team, ending with a score of 129.2 (RHAM) to 140.0 (Southington).

Jordan has two injured athletes, one of whom she hopes to get back during the season. With only two seniors and two juniors on this year’s team, the bulk of the roster is comprised of underclassmen. “I feel we could get stronger as the season progresses,” said Jordan.

As RHAM moves deeper into the season, Jordan said her goal would be, “To just keep on improving and really surprise some people at divisionals. I’d like for us to peak at the right time, and really have that divisional meet be our best.”

The tri-captains for this year’s RHAM gymnastics team are Kailee Chianski (junior), Jess Rivard (senior) and Ali Groholski (senior). The assistant coach is Stacey Jones.


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