Mashpee/Falmouth Gymnasts Takes Aim At State's Best
By: Rich Maclone, February 21, 2014
Tomorrow the Falmouth/Mashpee High School gymnastics team looks to continue to make history. In just their first year of existence, the fledgling program has burst onto the statewide scene and pronounced themselves contenders at the highest levels. Tomorrow they will compete for the first time in the MIAA sectional championships.
The Flippers are ranked ninth in the south region, out of 12 teams that have qualified. Local rivals Barnstable, the only team to have defeated F/M during the regular season, has the top seed as they look for their second straight championship. There are 50 teams that compete in the south region.
Falmouth/Mashpee is seeded ninth, based on their qualifying score of 138.125. Barnstable’s No. 1 seed is based on a qualifying score of 146.538. FHS was just percentage points out of being seeded as high as sixth, which is where Medfield is with a score of 138.575.
The team will send 11 representatives to the meet under head coach Shailey Pires. Six will compete. The traveling group includes Taylor Dimond, Sydney Pinsonneault, Julia Ferreira, Mackenzie West, Molly Ives, Emma Dimond, Allison Kondracki, Ian Irving, Maddi Andrade and Sam Theroux.
Coach Pires said that coaches across the state have commented about how impressive the feat of qualifying in their first year is for the squad. “It’s amazing, I’m really happy about it,” she said.
Pires said that ultimately her team’s goal is to finish higher than it is seeded and to see how close they can come to the top. “We should do pretty well, I’d think,” she said. “I’d like to see us do better than ninth.”