By LUCIA QUESADA-NYLEN
Ending the season with a record of five wins and one loss, the Malden High School gymnastics team is once again Greater Boston League (GBL) champs. Although the team lost various seniors from last year’s team, and only have two upperclassmen now, junior captain Justine Rose and senior Andrew Phu, the team is full of talented freshmen including Kiley Ruelle, Kenna MacMillan, Jessica Munroe, and Morgan Pennachio. “The younger gymnasts have been essential to the team this year,” stated Rose.
The team has been constantly working to improve and meet their individual as well as team goals. “[The team] has definitely improved from last year,” Rose explained. In addition to winning the GBL title again, the team broke the record for highest score in MHS gymnastics history.Even with having a small amount of gymnasts, the team has definitely stuck together through the season, capturing big wins against Bishop Fenwick and Medford.
“Bishop Fenwick isn’t in our league,” stated Rose. “They are a really good and experienced team who in past years have beat us pretty badly, but this year we managed to beat them.” Rose explains. In addition Rose added that the team “knew that [Medford] was an important meet and [they] needed to win and [they] did.”The team is ending their season with another GBL title for MHS gymnastics. For next season, coach Vanessa James hopes “[for the team] to continue to work hard and increase [their] skill level.”
With hopes of improving and working hard the team hopes to take home another GBL title next season.