long sleeved polo shirts Beverly High gymnasts hope for another banner season
The gymnastics program at Beverly High School has been highly successful over the past six years, accumulating 55 straight regular season wins. Last year the Panthers went on to take second at sectionals and earned the right to go to states.
This winter, senior captains Kara MacGilvray and twins Madison and Samantha Rennie will provide leadership along with classmates Chloe Kavanaugh and Hannah Marescalchi as the Panthers aim for another highly successful campaign. Another top performer is sophomore Alahna Guy, who is an elite all around talent.
“We are looking to keep the streak alive again this season,” said head coach Julie Sciamanna, who is in her second year at the Panthers’ helm. “We also hope to be at the top of the (Northeastern) Conference and will look to our five seniors to lead the way.”
Sciamanna expects the Panthers to be strongest in vault and floor events, but solid throughout all four events.
“We want to be sure we stay on the beam, which is an event that can set us apart from other teams,” said Sciamanna.
Gymnastics is not just a winter sport for a lot of the Beverly athletes, many of whom train and compete year round. The Rennie twins and Marescalchi are Level 8 performers for the YMCA Wildcats, while MacGilvray is a Level 9 gymnast who practices at the Beverly Y year round.
A year ago as a freshman,
Guy a Level 9 gymnast who also trains year round at the Beverly Y was named Salem News Gymnast of the Year and qualified for the state individual championship. She has been working hard to upgrade her routines, and Sciamanna believes it will paid off to once again make her the top gymnast in the NEC.
“Sam (Rennie) will be a strong all around competitor who has upgraded her routines in all four events. She’s an extremely hard worker who mainly did beam and floor last year, but will step in on vault and bars to fill the shoes of (since graduated) Jenna Bonugli and Brittany Bertaux,” Sciamanna noted.
“MacGilvray is a solid competitor on vault, floor and beam. She’s always so strong on beam, and last season her routine solidified our second place finish at sectionals. In the past year she’s worked to upgrade her beam routine and will be competing a new series and dismount.”
Marescalchi’s return to Beverly High gymnastics this season has added even more strength to the squad. Sciamanna said she’s looked very strong on both bars and floor exercises in practice. The coach also praised Kavanaugh for always coming through with clean routines.
Maddie Rennie captained the field hockey team this fall, and is concentrating on getting back to full strength in gymnastics.
“We’ve been doing a lot of hard work in preseason and want to have another very successful season,” said Rennie. “Beverly has been undefeated for a number of years, and one of our goals is to keep it going. We’re all working to make it to the big postseason events: sectionals and states.
“Sam and I started doing gymnastics when we were seven years old and fell in love with the sport . we’ve been doing it ever since. I think my best events are beam and bars; I’ll do whatever I can to help the team.”
Sciamanna said that Maddie Rennie was solid in three events last winter and should be event stronger this time around.
“She’s working hard to get back in the swing of things, having upgraded her vault and adding some difficulty in her beam routine,
” said Sciamanna. “The Rennie sisters will be a force for us and add depth to each event in the lineup.
“A goal of our team is to remain consistent and take each meet one event at a time and one routine at the time. We want to make sure we are showcasing our very best routines.”.