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Article appearing in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle -  October 31, 2004

HS gymnastics: Green still No. 1 in county gymnastics  
Alanna Stage
Staff writer
(October 31, 2004) - Penfield junior Emily Green won her fourth straight all-around title at the Monroe County Gymnastics Championships on Saturday at SUNY Brockport. She repeated as champion in each event, and the Penfield/Eastridge team finished second overall, .65 second behind Hilton. Green has won the floor exercise and parallel bars two straight years, the vault three straight years and the balance beam four straight years.  "I was really happy with my floor and beam performance," Green said. "The beam is my favorite event; I focus on the beam all the time and it is my main event. A lot of people struggle (on beam) and I really challenge myself." Green's biggest competition comes from teammate and fellow Penfield junior Lydia Barrett. The girls have been training together at The Gymnastics Training Center of Rochester since they were 7. Barrett had her highest all-around score of the year Saturday. "She definitely pushes me to do better," said Green of Barrett. "After bars and vault, we were neck-in-neck. I really pushed myself to do well."  "I feel lucky to have them both on my team," Penfield/Eastridge coach Mike Herrman said. "They both have different strengths. They bring a lot to the team as far as leadership and ability."  Green will try to repeat as Section V champion on Nov. 8 and as state champ next March.  "You cannot expect to do the same thing over again and I will just try to complete well," said Green. "And if I don't win, I will still be happy because I know I competed well."   Hilton senior Diana Bermudez placed sixth in the all-around as the Cadets took their first title in school history. It was also the first time the Cadets, defending sectional champs, went undefeated.   "We won it on balance beam," Hilton coach John Feeney said. "Anyone that stays on the beam gives their team a good chance of winning."

Team: 1. Hilton, 139.375; 2. Penfield/Eastridge, 138.725; 3. Batavia, 130.25; 4. Pittsford, 126.075; 5. Fairport, 117.025; 6. Rush-Henrietta, 116.950; 7. Greece I, 115. 275; 8. Webster, 114.85; 9. Gates Chili, 101.00; 10. Churchville-Chili, 77.650.
Individuals: All-around: 1. Emily Green (Penfield/Eastridge), 38.3; 2. Lydia Barrett (P/E) 37.825; 3. Brittany Voll (Fairport), 37.025; Vault: 1. Green (P/E), 9.35; 2. Barrett (P/E), 9.3; 3. Voll (F), 9.0; Uneven bars: 1. Green (P/E), 9.45; 2. Barrett (P/E), 9.45; 3. Voll (F), 9.15; Balance beam: 1. Green (P/E), 9.7; 2. Barrett (P/E), 9.5; 3. Voll (F), 9.4; Floor exercises: 1. Green (P/E), 9.8; 2. Barrett (P/E), 9.575; 3. Voll (F) 9.475. <>

Article appearing in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle -  November 9, 2004

[Day in Photos]

Coaches retiring
Pittsford coach Paula Summit and Hilton's John Feeney, two key figures in Section V gymnastics, are retiring.

Summit, 58, started the program at Rush-Henrietta in 1968 and launched the Monroe County League in 1970. She started at Pittsford in the 1980s. Feeney, 51, a member of strong Greece Arcadia High teams in the 1970s and college competitor at SUNY Brockport, has led Hilton to three Section V crowns in his 10 years as coach. He will stay on as women's gymnastics coach at Brockport State, the defending ECAC champion. Former Webster gymnast Carrie Santore is the defending NCGA national champion in all-around, floor exercise and vault.

Green grabs fourth title

Penfield junior wins two events; Hilton repeats

Jeff DiVeronica
Staff writer
November 9, 2004) BROCKPORT If Emily Green were a basketball player, she could probably skip her senior year and jump right to the pros.

That's because she has nothing more to prove at the high school level. But Green is a gymnast, so she's not going anywhere just yet.
 The Penfield junior admittedly didn't turn in her best effort at Monday night's Section V championships at State University College at Brockport.  But her performance was still good enough to edge teammate Lydia Barrett, 37.925 points to 37.725, for the all-around title and earn a spot all by herself in Section V history. Penfield's Stacy Kaplan (1982-84) and Pittsford Leila Tait (1999-2001) won the Section V all-around crown three consecutive years, but Green has now captured it four straight times. She has done the same in the Monroe County championships.  "I didn't really have the best meet of my life," Green said. "I made a lot of little mistakes throughout the whole meet so it knocked my score down a little."  Nothing knocked the Hilton girls off the top spot on the awards podium.
The Cadets repeated as team champion, squeaking past the combined Penfield/Eastridge team, 139.325 points to 138.700. Hilton also edged P/E last spring and at last week's county meet.   "We're a team and we want to win as a team," said Hilton senior Diana Bermudez, fifth in the all-around for the second straight year for the Cadets, who went 12-0 in the regular season.   "If someone messes up, they're still a part of the team, so we support them."  Hilton is a deeper team than Penfield/Eastridge, that's why it won. The Cadets are also super supportive.   When one of their teammates fell twice off the beam, the greeting she received after her routine was as if she just scored a perfect "10."  "It's very important for a gymnast to just put it behind them and go on," said Hilton coach John Feeney, whose team also won in 1997 and last spring before the sport's recent switch to the fall.   It was a switch for Green to not keep racking up first-places. As a freshman, Green won all four individual events. Last spring, she won three out of four, taking second in the floor exercise to Barrett. On Monday, she won only two of the four events balance beam (9.65) and floor (9.625) while tying for second in the vault with Barrett (9.15) and finishing runner-up to Barrett in the uneven bars (9.525 to 9.5).   Still, her opponents admire her.  "We try to mimic her behavior out there," said Hilton junior Erin Duffy.  "She's very consistent," said Bermudez, the co-Gymnast of the Meet with
Batavia's Kristie DuRei. "It's something that a lot of gymnasts don't have. It helps boost our confidence because if we know she can be that confident, we can, too."   Greece Olympia junior Brittany Burr showed plenty of confidence in her first Section V meet. She won the vault (9.2) and was third in the all-around (36.80), just ahead of talented Fairport freshman Brittany Voll (36.575). Burr moved back to the area last summer after leaving at age 10 because of her father's job at Eastman Kodak. It took her to Mexico and Colorado.  Area gymnasts will now have to wait until the spring to compete in the state championships. Green is the defending champion.                              

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