Grosse Pointe United gymnastics appears at state finals for first time in 27 years

By: Sue Teggart | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 22, 2011

 Grosse Pointe United gymnast Sarah Fentin, a junior from Grosse Pointe South, performs a routine on the balance beam earlier in the season. Fentin was one of five gymnasts from the United squad who competed in the March 12 individual state finals.

Grosse Pointe United gymnast Sarah Fentin, a junior from Grosse Pointe South, performs a routine on the balance beam earlier in the season. Fentin was one of five gymnasts from the United squad who competed in the March 12 individual state finals.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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For Grosse Pointe United, the trip to the state finals March 11-12 marked its first time back to the big stage since 1984.

Though the squad finished 12th in the 13-team field, scoring 134.450 points, coach Cortney Law said returning to the finals was a step in the right direction.

“It was a huge accomplishment for us,” Law said about making the state finals. “It was one of our team goals from the start of the season to make it to states, because it had been something this program had worked so hard for.

“I think it was huge for us to go because we were such a united team all year,” she continued. “To be able to go as a team and knowing that everyone’s contribution all year went into, it helped get us there.”

Despite going up against a loaded field, which included the four-time state champion Grand Ledge, Law said there was plenty GP United learned from the opportunity.

“I think it was a fantastic experience for the team,” Law said. “We got a lot of experience, and we had a great experience.”

In the individual competition March 12, Grosse Pointe’s lone individual All-State medalist was GPN sophomore Emma Abessinio, who scored 8.850 and finished ninth on the uneven parallel bars.

Regional roundup
United qualified for the finals by finishing second in regional action at Canton-Plymouth with 138.575 points. Only the top three teams advanced to the finals.

Abessinio qualified for the individual finals in all-around, as well as the uneven bars. Joining her in individual competition were North senior Heather Koresky (uneven bars), Grosse Pointe South juniors Madi Kaiser (uneven bars and balance beam) and Sarah Fentin (beam), and South sophomore Aubryn Samaroo (floor exercise).
 

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