High Hopes for Green Wave Gymnastics

Katie Siegle

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Now that the fall sports season has come and gone, it is time for winter sports to truly begin. The New Milford High School gymnastics team is ready and eager to get into the gym and start working towards a championship–their fourth, to be exact.

Not many teams at New Milford High School can say they have won three consecutive Southwest Conference championships. Emory Fairchild, a senior this season, has been part of all three championship wins. “Gymnastics is a sport where you need prior experience before the high school team, and a large majority of our gymnasts have started at the same gym,” says Fairchild. “Our team already has a super strong friendship, and those that are new fit in so well that the team chemistry gets better and better every year.” Last season, the team had only one senior gymnast graduate, captain Kalee Oelgoetz. Now, Fairchild and fellow senior Angela Lian are looking forward to leading their team to their fourth consecutive championship.

Last season at the SWC championship meet, New Milford was the only team to receive scores of 9.0 or higher, three of those scores belonging to Mikayla Dumas, who at the time was a sophomore. The other score belonged to Lian, at the time a junior. She also finished third overall in all-around, Dumas taking second. Both Dumas and Lian made it to the state competition. When asked about the upcoming season, Dumas said, “I think if everyone puts their heart and soul into everything then we will have an amazing outcome.” It is safe to say, with both Dumas and Lian returning this year, the program is in good hands.

The freshmen that are joining the team are more excited than ever to become part of such a strong group. Freshman Sophie Fairchild says, “It feels great to know there is a legacy within this program and I can’t wait to be a part of it. It seems like the program is one big happy family and everyone gets along really well. My sister is on the team and I used to play gymnastics with team two years ago. I can’t wait to be a part of it all over again.”

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