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Gymnastics: 2017 Season Recap

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Moon's three-year title reign in WPIAL gymnastics that lasted from 2012-14 was abruptly ended by relative newcomer Hampton in 2015. The Talbots repeated as champions last year. This year, it was the Tigers time to reclaim the throne. Moon totaled 146.125 points to capture the WPIAL title, finishing ahead of Thomas Jefferson (144.775), Hampton (143.175), West Allegheny (140.350), North Allegheny (139.900) and South Side Beaver (137.025).

The host Tigers were fueled by first-place finishes on the vault (37.300), beam (35.850) and floor exercise (36.925). On the uneven bars, Moon finished second with 36.050 points. Moon won this title with depth. They had no gymnasts finish in the top three of the individual all-around. This was Moon's fifth overall team title. Along with the Tigers' three-year reign from 2012-14, they also won the title in 2008.

Thomas Jefferson claimed the team title on the uneven bars with 36.650 points and came in second to Moon in all other three events. Third-place Hampton was third on the vault (36.150), third on the bars (35.750), fourth on the beam (34.750) and third on the floor (36.525).

Individually, the day belonged to Hampton sophomore Katrina Jones who captured the all-around title. She won the uneven bars (9.750), the balance beam (9.700) and the floor exercise (9.650) while placing second on the vault (9.825). Her all-around score of 38.925 is a new WPIAL all-around record. The remaining individual title went to Burrell's Taylor Johnson who took first place with a score of 9.850 on the vault, barely edging Jones by 0.025. Johnson placed second in the all-around competition with a 38.000, and Tara Gologram of Keystone Oaks placed third at 37.600.