ORANGEBURG – After competing in the Atlanta Crown meet in Georgia last weekend, Nyack’s Amara Cunningham continued her strong performances on Wednesday on the local high school circuit.
In a meet between Clarkstown, Nyack, Tappan Zee, Lakeland and Somers at Galaxy Gymnastics, Cunningham won the all-around with a score of 37.85 in the four events.
“Here, it’s less stressful and there weren’t as many people here as in Georgia.” Cunningham said. “It was really fun competing because we finally have a full team we can count on consistently.”
She particularly did well in the vault, where she scored a meet-high 9.65. She performed a twisting full layout, the most difficult maneuver performed by anyone in the event.
It is the latest improvement from the freshman.
“My coaches wanted me to do it so I could get more practice,” she said. “I really like it, and I think it’s going to be good as I get better.”
Cunningham’s season has also been fun another reason: a good friend of hers and a teammate on Galaxy gym’s club team, East Ramapo’s Nalani Dollopac, is competing alongside her as an independent.
“We’ve been doing Galaxy together for a couple of years now, so she’s one of my best friends,” Cunningham said. “(It’s good) having her around in high school, where it is more calm; it’s not as stressful.”
Dollopac, who went with Cunningham to the Atlanta Crown meet, finished third in the all-around with 37.5, including a meet-high 9.7 on the beam.
“It’s been so fun, we always cheer each other on and make each other smile,” Dollopac said. “I definitely could have done better on the vault, but overall, I think I did pretty good.”
Clarkstown scored the highest of the five teams, with 175.95 points. Skylar Kabatsky finished with a 37.25 on the all-around, and Sam Haber scored a meet-high 9.75 on the floor.
Nyack came second with 167.55, while Tappan Zee came third with 166.45. Lakeland finished with 159.85, with Somers scoring 151.2.
Clarkstown’s Sam Haber competes on the bars during a gymnastics meet at Galaxy Gymnastics Jan. 14, 2015.
Lakeland senior Leanne Castelli, who was ill last week, finished second in the all-around with a score of 37.6. She scored a 9.45 on the bars, the second-highest score of the meet.
“Bars is not my strongest event, so I was really happy with that,” she said. “I didn’t do well last meet, but now I’m back, and I’m healthy.”