Saratoga kicks off 2019-20 sea­son on De­cem­ber 5

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY >> The Saratoga Springs High School gym­nas­tics team opens their sea­son on De­cem­ber 5th by trav­el­ing to Beth­le­hem High School for the an­nual Tum­ble for Hunger Meet. Saratoga re­turns Ava Dal­las (last year’s all-around run­ner-up) and Sophia Dami­ano (last year’s 3rd place all-around fin­isher), who re­turn for their ju­nior years. Dal­las placed 13th in the all-around at last year’s New York State Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onship meet while Dami­ano placed 20th. Ju­nior Me­gan

Wishart (last year’s 8th place all-around fin­isher and state qual­i­fier on the vault) and fresh­man Erika Sudi­gala are ex­pected to emerge as Saratoga is seek­ing their 19th con­sec­u­tive Sec­tion 2 gym­nas­tics ti­tle.

Head Coach Deb Smarro, who is in her 14th year lead­ing Saratoga gym­nas­tics, and as­sis­tant coach Tif­fany Hog­ben are ex­cited to get the sea­son un­der­way.

“We lost a sig­nif­i­cant amount of lead­er­ship and ex­pe­ri­ence from last year’s team due to grad­u­a­tion. Some of our younger gym­nasts have worked re­ally hard over the sum­mer to ac­quire new skills and con­trib­ute to the team. I also have a few new­com­ers in se­nior Mi­randa Lynch and sopho­more Carly Ruschak that I’m look­ing for­ward to see com­pete for us this year,” said Smarro.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED BY EU­GENE DAL­LAS

The Saratoga Springs High School gym­nas­tics team opens their sea­son on De­cem­ber 5th by trav­el­ing to Beth­le­hem High School for the an­nual Tum­ble for Hunger Meet.

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