Moon rides team effort to WPIAL gymnatics title

WPIAL GYMNASTICS

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Depth has long been a strong suit for the Moon Area gymnastics team, and that is a big reason why the Tigers won their third consecutive WPIAL team championship on their floor.

Despite not having an individual champion in the sport's Advanced Division, the Tigers took the team title with 145.825 points, with North Allegheny a close second at 145.200. Pine-Richland was third at 141.450.

Moon, however, did have the overall champion in Intermediate I as freshman Mackenzie Kraft took top honors in that division with 36.400 points. North Allegheny junior Danijela Jergan was the all-around individual champion in the Advanced Division with 37.900, and Ringgold junior Emma Lucas won the Intermediate II title with 34.425 points.

Moon coach Amy Caprino was ecstatic with her team's title, emphasizing the word team. "We don't depend on one or two kids," she said. "[Our success] depends on the whole team. That's where we won it. Everybody [contributed]. Not just one or two girls."

Caprino had no idea about her team's accomplishment until it was announced.

"I knew it was close," she said. "North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Baldwin and Hampton were all right there. But I had no idea."

Caprino said her team will be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode next year as the Tigers will lose seven seniors.

That won't be a problem for North Allegheny, though, as all seven team members return, including Jergan, who edged Moon's Megan Tamilia by 0.375 points. What put Jergan over the top was a 9.725 effort in the floor exercise.

"I'm excited that all of my hard work paid off," said Jergan, who placed third in the uneven parallel bars (9.450), third in the vault (9.500) and sixth in the balance beam (9.225).

Her consistent effort allowed her to overcome Baldwin's Josie Karabinos, who won the balance beam (9.425) and the vault (9.600).

What hurt Karabinos -- who finished fourth in the all-around standings -- were two eighth-place finishes in the floor exercise and the uneven parallel bars.

"The 9.725 in the floor was my highest all season," Jergan said. "It was a really good routine, and I was happy with how I did."


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