Gymnastics: Nyack takes Section 1 crown

Gymnastics: Nyack takes Section 1 crown


Gymnastics: Nyack takes Section 1 crown



For the third straight season, Clarkstown went into the Section 1 gymnastics championships undefeated Thursday at Carmel High School.

The defending champs were looking for a third straight title. Nyack, however, had different plans.

The Indians ended their first season as a full team with a Section 1 team title, edging Clarkstown by a score of 176.225-174.875.

Nyack’s three outstanding gymnasts — junior Ryan Stach and eighth-grade phenoms Amara Cunningham and Cassie Wishner — placed first, second and third, respectively, in the all-around.

The University of Minnesota-bound Stach, who broke the state record on the vault early this season, had the best all-around score with a 39.275, which included a floor exercise of 9.925.

“It feels really good, especially it being my first year competing here,” Stach said. “It feels good to be so strong, and it’s a nice confidence booster to be there for the team.”

Coming into the sectionals, Nyack was confident in its ability to compete against the best. Jamie Winkler, coach of both Nyack and Clarkstown, was proud of the way both teams competed Thursday.

Clarkstown came into the meet 9-0 but was without its top all-around performer in Shannon Berrigan, who injured her ankle in Tuesday’s Division 2 championship meet, won by Clarkstown.

Clarkstown didn’t finish where it would have liked, but Winkler understands injuries can be a factor.

“I’m very excited for Nyack because they performed very well tonight,” Winkler said. “I’m also happy with Clarkstown because we were missing one of our key individuals, who got injured at divisionals. I feel like all the girls really tried to step up a little bit.”

Cunningham contributed to the Indians’ efforts with a 9.7 on the floor. Wishner had a 9.75.

Winkler was delighted with the way Nyack’s three leaders performed and expects them to do well for Section 1 in the state championships March 1 in Buffalo.

“She had her best meet today,” Winkler said about Wishner. “She tried to do well in every event because she wanted to do well for the team. I think it’s a great way to think, and it made her go out all the way.”

Knowing they are part of the first team to win sectionals in program history is a great feeling for the gymnasts, who can now focus on competing well in states.

“I love having a full team,” Cunningham said. “Whenever we are competing, it feels really great being able to cheer for everyone.”

She added, “I hope we can do a lot better with our state team this year and have as many Section 1 gymnasts on the podium.”

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