Coventry gymnasts competed in their third meet last week. On Saturday, they finished just behind Portsmouth, Barrington and North Kingstown to place fourth. Under seventh-year head coach Kerri Rubiera, there are 13 gymnasts currently competing for the Oakers.
In a Jan. 8 meet against North Kingstown, La Salle Academy and South Kingstown held at Rita Beaulieu’s Dance and Gymnastic Center, the Oakers also finished fourth, just 0.1 of a point out of third place with a team score of 131.2.
Leading the way for Coventry was Haley Crossley whose 34.55 all-around score placed her third among all gymnasts in that category. She also was third in the floor exercises, and second in the bars behind the winning score of teammate Stephanie Fitzgerald (9.2).
Also in the floor exercises, Tiffany Smith had a score of 8.35 followed by and Michaela Paolucci, 8.3 and Gabriella Servant, 8.2.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
Classical High School definitely dominated Coventry and Providence Country Day in a tri-meet last week. But only Coventry had two athletes end up as double winners, sophomore Jennifer Haley and junior Meghan Paquet.
Haley was the superior runner in the 1000-meter run (3:28.60) and the 1500-meter run (5:40.80). She literally ran away from competitors in the 1000-meter run, her time of 3:28.60 being 17 seconds better than senior teammate Michaela LeCampion (3:45.60). LeCampion was also third in the 1500-meter run at 5:53.30.
In the 600-meter run, Paquet (1:53.10) just nosed out a Classical runner by a half-second to place first. Oaker sophomore Lauren Volpe came in third at 2:00.40. Then in the 3000-meter run, Paquet broke the tape at 12:22.70, or almost two laps ahead of junior teammate Katie Karhoff (14:22.40).
In the 55-meter dash, sophomore Sara Falave finished second in 7.70 seconds.
Gianna Roccio and Krystal Morrison were tied for third at 8.10. Roccio also was third in the 300-meter dash (11.50) .
In the 55-meter hurdles, Sarah Dorchies was third in 11.50 seconds
Coventry was second to Classical in the 4 x 200 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay.
Elizabeth Paolucci was third in the high jump with Ashley Fochler and Michaela Paolucci right behind.
Sophomore Victoria Voccio finished fifth in two events, the shotput at 22 feet, six inches and in the weight throw, 22 feet, 10 inches.
The Lady Oakers broke a three-game league loss streak with a 56-48 win over Pilgrim in Division I-South action on Friday night. Their record is now 4-7 overall and 3-6 in league play.
Coventry trailed, 22-17, at halftime and rallied back after intermission to climb back in an important road win.
Autumn English scored 18 points, including four three-pointers, and Erica Ball added 12 points on three treys to pace the Lady Oakers. Hannah Cole was also in double figures with 11 while Gabrielle Lesnett chipped in with nine in a well-rounded attack.
Against North Kingstown on Tuesday, the Lady Oakers could not make up an 11-point halftime deficit in a 54-40 loss. but did manage to play the Division I-South second-place Skippers almost evenly the rest of the way. Hannah Cole was the higher scorer with 12 points.
In the 10-team Division I-South Westerly, North Kingstown, La Salle Academy and Exeter/West Greenwich have separated themselves at the top, but it is a wild scramble below with Coventry having a chance to climb up to fifth if it can finish strongly.
Coventry will try to build on the win this week with a home game against Portsmouth on Tuesday and a Division I-South encounter at South Kingstown on Thursday.