Perched For Flight

Freshman Ava Kelley is perched on the lower bar before leaping to the higher during a recent uneven bars routine for the Falmouth-Mashpee gymnastics team.

When two good gymnastics teams get together for a meet the difference can come down to just a sliver of a point either way. That was the case on Tuesday, February 11, when the Falmouth-Mashpee gymnastics squad hosted Barnstable in the regular season finale. The two friendly rivals put on quite a show, and the Red Raiders won by a very slim margin. Barnstable posted 135.55 points to edge F-M by just .45 points overall, as the Flippers scored 135.1.

The end result came down to a slight superiority, at least for the day, that the Raiders had on the uneven bars. Barnstable scored 32.2 on the bars, while the Flippers had 31.4. Ava Kelley had the high score on the apparatus for the Flippers, posting an 8.5. Hannah Binette earned an 8.0 while Shayne Fraser scored 7.6, and Ava DeSimone had a 7.3.

Kelley easily had the highest all-around score in the meet, earning a total of 36.1 points for the day. Her 9.2 was the top showing of any of the athletes on the vault. Binette scored a great 9.0, Casey Baumann put up an 8.7 and DeSimone finished with an 8.5 as Falmouth-Mashpee scored 35.4 as a team, slightly edging Barnstable’s 35.35.

F-M also had a better score on the balance beam, earning 33.6 as a unit. Kelley led the way with a 9.1, and Fraser was second-best, with an 8.4. Baumann earned an 8.1 and Binette had an 8.0.

For the floor routine, F-M scored a total of 34.7 points, while the Raiders had 35.0. Both Binette and Baumann were awarded 8.4 scores. DeSimone had an 8.6, and Kelley netted a 9.3.

F-M competed in the Cranberry League Meet over the weekend and finished third overall. The team scored a total of 136.45 points for the day. Kelley had the top all-around score for the team, with a total of 35.65 points, and Binette was just behind her, with a 35.0.

The foursome of DeSimone (8.7), Baumann (8.8), Binette (9.2) and Kelley (9.4) earned an excellent 36.1 on the vault. LeBrun (7.0), DeSimone (7.2), Kelley (8.3) and Binette (8.4) combined to score 30.9 points on the bars. Shu Tong Murray (8.1), Fraser (8.6), Binette (8.6) and Kelley (8.7) earned 34 points on the balance beam. For the floor exercise, Baumann (8.4), DeSimone (9.0), Binette (8.8) and Kelley (9.25) combined to post 35.45 points.

The Flippers now await the MIAA list of qualifying teams for the south sectionals. The top teams from each region are allowed into the meet based on their top score for the season. Falmouth-Mashpee has qualified every year since becoming a team six seasons ago, and likely will be invited again.

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