Freehold looks to defend its crown

Freehold looks to defend its crown

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Freehold looks to defend its crown

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The Freehold gymnastics team put together the greatest season in school history last year, and it is looking to defend its state title and repeat as champions again this season.

They will compete without all-around state champion Danielle Verdon, but with the return of Jennifer King, Jenna Crisalli, and Maria Cusanelli head coach Katie Pusz feels her team will be just as strong this season.

“We have high expectations for this season, and we would like to defend all of our championships,” Pusz said. “We are returning four of the five competitors from last year’s team and are looking forward to what this freshmen class can bring. Jennifer King will be our leader and all- around go-to girl. Although her injury may sideline her for a while we are confident in her return.”

After winning the Shore Conference Championship, her team went on to win a Class B North title, Central Jersey I Sectional title, and finished the season on a high note as it claimed Freehold’s first state title at Montgomery High School. It scored a meet record 113.10 points beating Hillsborough who scored 109.250.

The Colonials will be competing in a different gymnasium this season after a storm destroyed their home turf, but the destruction will only make the team closer according to Pusz.

“We were all upset when we heard about our gym being destroyed in the storm. We were fortunate enough that Colts Neck allowed us to share their gym with them,” Pusz said. “The girls seem to be taking this change well, and they are just excited to start competing as a team again.”

Freehold will be training alongside Colts Neck while its gym is in the process of being repaired. It will be away for the majority of its dual meets while its home meets will be against Ocean, Red Bank Catholic and Monmouth at Colts Neck.

Freehold will also return junior Shani Weiss and seniors Brittany Cannarozzi, Alyssa Leitner, Erica Vignola and Julia Lee. It will also be adding a few newcomers to its stacked roster.

“We have four freshmen joining the team, and it’s a great time to become part of this team” Pusz said. “We will be looking to Arah Godbole for producing some high scores especially on beam. “

Freehold’s biggest competition during the regular season will be against Homdel, Ocean and Red Bank Catholic.

“They all produce good teams and have been the teams to beat in the past,” Pusz said.

Pusz has accumulated an impressive 32-2-1 record in her four seasons coaching the Colonials, and this season she plans on adding a lot more wins as her team will try and go for their second straight state title.

Freehold will travel to Holmdel in a Class B North division matchup today at 4:30 p.m.

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