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Southwest Wake Athletic Conference gymnastics preview

Green Hope’s Hayden Hughes competes on the vault during the gymnastics conference championships in Apex on Friday, January 10, 2013.
Green Hope’s Hayden Hughes competes on the vault during the gymnastics conference championships in Apex on Friday, January 10, 2013. newsobserver.com

One has to wonder how Green Hope can keep this up.

The Falcons have won three straight state gymnastics championships. It is not a sport offered by the N.C. High School Athletic Association, but almost every Wake County school, and many others in the eastern half of the state, have it as part of their varsity programs.

Somehow, Green Hope has won three straight years, thanks to a different freshmen class each time.

In 2012, then-freshmen Priya Kamath and Shay Ramsey tied for first place in the all-around individual competitions.

In 2012, then-freshmen Priya Kamath and Shay Ramsey tied for first place in the all-around individual competitions.

In 2013, Drew Grantham, now a junior at Jordan, won the all-around (state-record 39.7) while Ramsey and Kamath were second and third, respectively.

Last year, it was now-sophomore Hayden Hughes - who has since transferred to Cary Christian - who won the all-around. She scored a 39.0 and placed first in the floor with a score of 9.9. Ramsey was second (38.95), placing first in the vault (9.65) bars (9.9) and beam (9.8).

Can Green Hope keep it up and send a fourth freshman winner this year?

Maybe, but maybe not. Either way, there is more to the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference gymnasts than just the Falcons.

Middle Creek sophomore Alliah Harrison was the all-around champion for the all-stars division during the large teams session, with a score of 38.4, by taking first place in the bars (9.6) and floor (9.85) events. Junior Elizabeth Farin was the SWAC all-around champ, followed by teammate Caitlin Brookins.

Apex senior Kylie Stoffer posted scores of 9.5 or better at the meet while junior Dani Garver scored a 9.8 on the vault.

Panther Creek’s sophomore Maria Esposto took the all-around title during the small-teams competition, winning four of five state titles awarded at the meet.

Esposto won bars (9.7), beam (9.95) and floor (9.85) en route to a 38.9 all-around finish.

Esposto lead Panther Creek, which was second in the SWAC, to a third-place small-teams finish, less than two points back from four-time small teams champion Harnett Central. The Catamounts also return junior Gabrielle Labrozzi and sophomore Sara Miller.

In its first year of gymnastics, Fuquay-Varina was fifth in the state’s small teams division. The Bengals return sophomores Tia Roy, Lauren Sorrell and Hanna Guschel.

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