One can only speculate about how good the Falmouth/Mashpee gymnastics team can be down the road. If Tuesday night’s showing by the “Flippers” is any indication, the sky is the limit.
The alliance of Falcons and Clippers went toe to toe with the best team in the state at Flip Flops Gymnastics in Mashpee, losing a close match-up against their rivals from Barnstable. The Red Raiders, who went all the way to the regional championships a year ago after capturing the Massachusetts title, edged F/M by a score of 140.2-135.6.
Barnstable won three of the four events in the meet, with their largest victory coming on the balance beam. On the beam, the Raiders scored a 33.1-30 victory. Syndey Pinsonneault led the team with an 8.7, with Taylor Dimond scoring 8.2. Allison Kondracki scored 6.9 and Julia Ferreira and Michelle Souza both scored 6.2, with F/M counting one of them toward the score.
On the vault, Jojo Leveroni and Kayle Myrbeck each scored 9.1 for BHS to propel their squad to a 35.8 out of a possible 40 points in the event. Falmouth’s Taylor Dimond, who had the team’s best overall score for F/M with a 35.4, topped the club with a 9.0 in that event as the squad finished with 34 points. Maddie Lane and Sydney Pinsonneault both scored 8.2 for F/M and Ian Irving had an 8.6.
Barnstable won the bars by 0.3, 36-35.7. Pinsonneault’s 9.2 led the home team, with Dimond getting a 9.1, Irving a 9.0 and Lane an 8.4.
The Falmouth/Mashpee team’s top event proved to be the floor exercise, where they edged Barnstable 35.9-35.5. Pinsonneault’s 9.2 was the top score for the home team, with Dimond securing a 9.1 and Irving scoring 9.0. Julia Ferreira rounded things out with an 8.6.
Barnstable’s top performer was Tali Twomey, whose mother, Kathy, is one of the Falmouth/Mashpee coaches. Tali Twomey finished with the best all-around score to help her team beat her mom’s, putting up a 35.7.