The state and Federation gymnastics championships showcase the best of the best, and Mahopac’s Katherine Dorovitsine showed she’s among the best.
In the second rotation Saturday at Shaker High School, Section 1’s 15-member squad moved to the uneven bars. According to Indians coach Vin Collins, the Mahopac senior nearly repeated her performance from the Section 1 championships 23 days ago. She scored a 9.4 at the state meet, which is 0.05 lower than her Section 1 score.
That score held up throughout the meet and Dorovitsine finished in a tie for fourth with Section 6’s Zoe Kyriakopoulos. That score of 9.4 was the highest score of the meet for Section 1.
“It was a very nice routine,” Collins said. “Nice and clean, well-executed. It was as good as her sectional routine. The state meet is the next level. Fourth place, she was with the big girls.”
Section 1 finished fourth overall, scoring 173.575 points. Section 6, which was the overall winner, was traveling around the meet with Section 1.
“Sometimes at that level, the kids tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves because of the level of competition,” Collins said. “They held their own. They had some good routines. The execution was good. I thought we had some very nice vaults. Callie (Johanson), Katherine, Cassie (Traina) had a nice vault. Olivia (Frederick) had a very nice one. On bars, like I said before, Katherine – it was really sharp. Beam, Allie (McCarthy) was nice and smooth, good connections. Overall, all the girls represented their families, team and school very well.”
Dorovitsine finished 12th in the all-around with a score of 34.95. Her Indians teammate Johanson led Section 1 in the all-around with a score of 35.6 for a 10th-place finish. Wappingers’ Frederick finished 15th.
Some other top-10 performances included Brewster’s McCarthy on the balance beam scoring a 9.025 to finish eighth overall. Johanson finished eighth on the floor exercise and tied Dorovitsine for 10th on the vault. Lakeland/Panas’ Jana Frattelione finished tied for ninth on the floor exercise. Frederick finished eighth on the vault.