SARATOGA SPRINGS —
On Friday, Jan. 26, the Saratoga Springs High School Gymnastics Team hosted their sixth annual Purple Passion fundraising meet at the Wilton YMCA. Thanks to event sponsors and gift basket raffles, $500 was raised for Wellspring of Saratoga, an organization dedicated to ending relationship and sexual abuse in the community. In addition to the Blue Streaks, gymnasts from Guilderland, Bethlehem and Shaker participated in the event. Although there were no team scores tallied or individual awards presented, all the gymnasts prevailed as the camaraderie and support for one another was contagious throughout the evening.
Saratoga Springs High School gymnastics ended their dual meet season a perfect 6-0 with a win over Bethlehem 176.05 -155.60 on Tuesday night. With the victory, the Blue Streaks won the 2017-2018 Suburban Council gymnastics title. Saratoga was led by freshman Ava Dallas who broke the longstanding Section 2 vault record of 9.325 with a score of 9.40. In addition to winning the vault, Dallas also won the floor exercise with a score of 9.50 and took first place in the all-around with a score of 37.10. Saratoga’s Sophia Damiano was second in the all-around with a score of 36.65. Damiano also won the uneven bars with a score of 9.15 and the balance beam with a score of 9.40. Taking third in the all-around was Saratoga’s Laura Eberlein with a score of 34.90. Fourth place in the all-around went to Bethlehem’s Allison Gray with a score of 33.05.
With the dual meet season over, focus now shifts to Sectionals and the State Championships. On February 14, Saratoga will compete at the Section 2 Gymnastics Championships at Shaker High School against Shaker, Guilderland and Bethlehem. Saratoga gymnastics is looking to extend their 16-year winning streak at the Sectional Meet. For the Section 2 gymnasts who qualify, they will compete at the State Championship meet in Cold Spring Harbor, NY on March 3.