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Flying High boys gymnasts excel at state meet

Regional meet starting April 11 at University of Michigan next for several competitors

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 5:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:54 p.m. CST

COUNTRYSIDE – The boys gymnastics team at Flying High capped its best season yet with state meet performances that yielded two individual champions and four qualifiers for this weekend’s Region 5 championships at the University of Michigan.

Carmen Conry scored a 10.4 with his parallel bars routine to win a Level 5 title in the state meet held March 28 to 30 at Oswego East High School.

Jacob Sampier was a state champ with his 9.1 on rings at Level 6. His best score was a 10.1 on parallel bars.

Dominic DiBrizzi scored a team-best 61.1 in the all-around and finished fourth in the state at Level 4.

Sampier and Level 6 teammates Nick Perez, who finished second on rings with an 8.9, and Alec Paras and Level 7 gymnast Ryan Darlin, met the all-around qualifying standards and will compete in the Region 5 meet. Sampier scored a 55.7, Perez a 54.5, Paras a 55.7 and Darlin a 54.9.

Perez and Paras will be making their first regional appearances. Darlin is making his first regional appearance at Level 7.

Flying High sends only gymnasts at Level 6 and above to regionals, but competitors at Levels 4 and 5 showed that they could challenge for higher competition in coming years.

In addition to DiBrizzi’s strong showings on floor (third place, 10.3), high bar (10.7) and parallel bars (10.4), Level 5 gymnasts Toby Foley (second place on parallel bars, 9.8) and Shea Dunlap (third place on floor, 11.0) also showed well.

Also at Level 5, Genaro Giovingo Mino got a second-place medal on vault (10.1), just ahead of teammate Kirk Jones (10.0). Jones also finished third on high bar (10.4). Giovingo Mino earned a third-place score of 9.7 on pommel horse, and Marty Lanigan was third on parallel bars with a mark of 9.9.

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