Gymnastics shows impressive performance at states

Girls practice for their competition in the Baldwin gymnastics studio.

Erin Fader and Mitch Davis

Baldwin’s girls gymnastics team had strong performances at states this past weekend thanks in part to an impressive showing from the freshman athletes.

The team’s freshmen were excited and proud of their personal performances at their first state competition.

“I feel good,” freshman Kaylee Garofalo said. “I reached my goals that I set this season, which were placing and medaling at states.”

Overall, the team had many girls place in multiple divisions.

In the diamond division, Garofalo placed ninth on the beam, while freshman Mia Dougherty placed fifth on the beam and ninth all-around.

In the gold division, junior Alaina Woderek placed second with her floor routine.

In the silver division, senior Haili Cordell placed third on the bars and tenth all-around in the division, while freshman Hanna Kuchnicki placed third on vault and on floor, as well as second all-around.

In the bronze division, freshman Haley Staab placed fifth on the floor event.

“I’m really happy with how I did,” Staab said. “This was my first year doing gymnastics.”

Staab said her performance motivated her to move forward with gymnastics.

“My tumbling really improved. I wasn’t expecting to improve as much as I did,” she said.