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Barnegat Gymnastics Squad Has Plenty of Potential

Sep 21, 2018
Photo by: David Biggy After missing last season, Gabrielle DeLillo returns to the lineup for the Barnegat High School gymnastics team and should provide a boost for the Bengals this fall.

A little experience, some youth and a whole bunch of potential is the mantra for the Barnegat High School gymnastics team this fall. And coach Morgan Capezzera is excited about it.

“We have a bright outlook for this season,” she said. “We have some returning gymnasts who will be competing all-around this year, and a special surprise. We also have a newcomer to the team who brings a lot of talent and promises to make a positive impact.”

No doubt the future may be bright in Bengal Country, but the question for Capezzera’s crew is which young lady is going to rise up to fill the void left behind by Kylie Picaro, an all-around powerhouse for four years who graduated in June. Right now, the Bengals have a few potential leaders among them.

Unfortunately, the numbers of competitors are light, but the potential for growth is great. Leading the charge will be the only senior on the team – vault, balance beam and floor exercise specialist Alyssa Pilovsky. Behind Pilovsky is a pair of returning gymnasts, junior all-around Christina Golazewski and sophomore all-around Kaylin Colston.

The “special surprise” is the return of junior Gabrielle DeLillo, who was an all-around juggernaut as a freshman two seasons ago before taking time off from the sport last season. If she remains healthy, DeLillo’s talent and ability will be a welcomed addition. And then there’s “freshman phenom,” Kadie Steup, a solid all-around gymnast who easily can follow in Picaro’s footsteps as the Bengals’ next four-year star. Freshman Abena Darbo provides additional depth to the floor exercise this season.

Starting the season with a tri-meet against Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North, the Bengals split the results on Sept. 6 – knocking off the Bulldogs, 72.3-64.675, while falling to the Lions, 92.775-72.35.

In the win over Rumson, Steup led the way with all-around effort of 29.625, while Golazewski tallied a 24.35 to place third. Steup’s first outing for the Bengals included an 8.0 on the vault, a 7.225 on the uneven bars, a 6.9 on the beam and a 7.5 on the floor. Golazewski was third on the vault with a 7.9 and third on the bars. Against Middletown North, Steup ended up second all-around, taking second on the bars and third on the floor.

On Sept. 13, Barnegat took on Manasquan and dropped a 91.5-86.05 contest. For the next month, the Bengals’ will get plenty of opportunities for more victories. Following away meets against Donovan Catholic on Sept. 20, Brick on Sept. 25 and Jackson Liberty on Sept. 27, Barnegat will be in its home gym to face Point Pleasant Borough on Thursday, Oct. 4. D.B.

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