SENIORS LUCY Hannon, Katherine Carney and Taylor Pesce were honored at the start of Melrose’s meet against Wilmington. (Photo by Raj Das edphotos.com)

 

By JENNIFER GENTILE

SAUGUS—The Melrose High gymnastics team finished their regular season in meets against Wakefield and Wilmington/Bedford last week while also celebrating Senior Night on Sunday, Feb. 13 prior to the start of their meet against the Wakefield Warriors, a dominant rival who beat Melrose last season.

Being honored were seniors Lucy Hannon, Katherine Carney and Taylor Pesce, three longtime gymnasts under coach Denise Valdez.

It was a heartbreaking loss for Melrose, who entered the final event of the night up 102.5-101.3 but saw a few uncharacteristic falls, plus an unfortunate injury, help sway the event to Wakefield who took the floor, 35.3-32.75 for a final score of 136.6-135.25. But it was one of Melrose’s best efforts of the season, with Melrose coming out ferocious in the vault with two incredible runs by Owen Mistretta and Katherine Carney.

Mistretta nailed a 9.0 vault and Carney wowed with a 9.3 score. Teammates Lucy Hannon, Grace Burke, Taylor Pesce and Sofia Pitcher more than held their own with scores in the high 8.0’s which topped Wakefield 35.7-34.4. In bars, Lucy Hannon nailed her routine with a 9.05 score followed by Grace Burke at 8.9. Hannon also led in the balance beam with a 9.0 with plenty of help from teammates Grace Burke (8.4) Katherine Carney (8.75) and Grace Gentile (8.1) which helped Melrose take the event, 34.25-34.05.

A previous meet against Wilmington/Bedford on Feb. 11 saw Melrose fall to this league rival Wilmington/Bedford, 136.3-130.6. Among those achieving high scores were Lucy Hannon in the beam (9.15) and Owen Mistretta on vault.

Melrose enters the annual Middlesex League Meet on Wednesday (post deadline) to be held at Burlington High, where they look to earn medals. By week’s end Melrose will discover if they have qualified for North Sectionals. Stay tuned.