Sophomores power Brecksville-Broadview Heights gymnastics to win in Rock-N-Roll Classic

By Ryan Lewis
Beacon Journal sports writer

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Cuyahoga Falls' Hayleigh Greer on the vault at the Rock-n-Roll Classic Saturday at Brecksville - Broadview Heights High School. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
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BROADVIEW HEIGHTS: Brecksville-Broadview Heights gymnastics, relieved to be out of the shadow of one of the state’s most impressive winning streaks, eked out a win thanks to two dynamic sophomores in the Rock-N-Roll Classic on Saturday night.

Sophomore Alecia Farina won three of the four events and easily took home the all-around title in a performance that was one misstep short of being dominant.

Farina won the vault and balance beam with scores of 9.6 in each event and the floor exercise with a score of 9.575. But she fell on the uneven parallel bars, finishing with a score of 8.8, still good enough for sixth.

“Yeah, I was pleased with how I did, but I was kind of upset I fell on bars,” Farina said. “But it’s good to win for the team.”

Brecksville coach Joan Ganim was pleased with how Farina responded after her slip on the bars, showing mental toughness to win all of her remaining events.

“Unfortunately bars were not her forte today, but she came back with a good mental attitude,” Ganim said. “Alecia is just a good gymnast.”

Sophomore Jamie Waugaman wasn’t far behind. She placed second in the balance beam with a score of 9.15, fourth in the uneven parallel bars (8.825) and fifth in the floor exercise (9.275). Those scores brought her all-around score to 36, good enough for second to Farina.

Ganim has seen a lot of progress in Waugaman this season, particularly in the balance beam and bars.

“Jamie has come a long way,” Ganim said. “She’s becoming much more consistent. She’s always been on the bubble. Beam, she’d fall more than she’d stay on but she’s starting to become better at it. Bars, she’s getting better form and those things were killing her score.”

Brecksville, as a team, finished with 142.25 points, topping Mentor’s 140.725. This win comes two weeks after Magnificat snapped the Bees’ streak of 777 consecutive wins (factors in multiple wins for a single meet win over multiple teams) that dated back to 2004.

Ganim, though, took it largely as a positive and an opportunity to move forward.

“It’s taken a lot of pressure off the kids because up until now, it was, ‘Who’s going to be the first team to lose?’ ” she said. “For the kids, it’s a major relief. And it’s very encouraging [to come back and win after that loss].”

Hudson took third place with a team score of 139.475. The Explorers were led by Mackenzie Miller, who placed second in the uneven parallel bars (9.025), second in the floor exercise (9.475) and fifth in the balance beam (8.725).

Strongsville (137.3) and Cuyahoga Falls (134.225) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Strongsville’s Nicole Pratt finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 35.65.

For the Black Tigers, it came on the heels of almost not making the event. The school told the team Saturday morning to stay home even though the event wasn’t canceled with safety on the roads in mind. It wasn’t until about 4:30 p.m., an hour before the team needed to be at Brecksville, that the Black Tigers got the green light and scrambled to make it in time. Falls senior Nicole Rozsa placed eighth with a total score of 34.85.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the high school blog at http://www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/RyanLewisABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.


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