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Poole wins state title, advances to regional competition

Date: 4/24/2014

WILBRAHAM – Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Lauren Poole ’17 won another state title this gymnastics season, but unlike other years, this championship came with a big reward.

After winning the vault in a field of 44 competitors, at the Connecticut State Championship on April 4, Poole, an East Longmeadow resident, was selected to compete at the regional competition for Team Connecticut.

“Working really hard in the gym paid off,” Poole said, who competed in the Level 8 category. “Making regionals has been a goal of mine ever since I started competing so making it was quite an accomplishment.”

Poole won the vault for the sixth time in seven years at the state meet, which took place this season March 23 at Hamden, Conn. The win on vault was particularly sweet because she successfully completed a new routine.

“It was amazing,” Poole stated. She also placed sixth in the all-around. “I worked really hard and it was the first time I performed that type of vault in a competition. I felt prepared because I did it a bunch of times in practice,” she said.

“I also thought I did pretty well at the all-around. I did a new connect on beam for the first time so being able to complete that was good,” Poole concluded.

Along with her six titles on vault, she’s won the bars three times, all-around three times, and the floor exercise once at the state meet. She will compete the regional meet in Woburn April 27.