Just in case you were wondering who the top Patriot League girls gymnastics team is, you do not have to look too far.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, the question was answered, and the answer comes from the combined efforts of four towns — the Silver Lake/Pembroke co-op.
In the meet that was held at Hanover High School, the Lakers were sharp. They put up 126.8 points — nearly two points higher than the runner-up, Hanover (124.95). Hingham finished third in the meet with 123.65 points. In all, six teams competed.
Tori Newton had a strong showing for the co-op in the meet.
She finished second in the all-around with 32.05 points, second on bars with 7.9 points, third on beams with 8.25 points and third on floor with 8.1 points.
Bridget Gannon tied for first on vault with 8.4 points; Calliste Brookshire placed second on the floor with 8.2 points and third on vault with 8.25 points. Clara Dalrymple had a second place finish on vault with 8.3 points and Caroline Videtto came in second on beam with 8.3 points.
For the Silver Lake/Pembroke co-op, the win should come as no surprise. They had already won six meets on the year.
The concept of the midseason league meet, admittedly, is unique. In track, for example, teams tend to have their league meet at the end of the regular season. But in girls gymnastics, all of the Patriot League coaches agreed to this unorthodox method.
Perhaps it is beneficial for the teams though as they gain a better understanding of where they are at midseason instead of having to wait for the end of the season to figure it out.
Regardless, the co-op is happy with the way it went.
“It’s great to pull out the victory here and see all of the teams in our league,” head coach Cristy Schimmel said.
“This is just the first step because we still have another half of the season to focus on, but we’re definitely excited about the win.”