No Washington-Lee gymnast finished higher than third in any event at Wednesday’s Virginia AAA Northern Region championships at Lake Braddock. The Generals’ highest all-around finisher, senior Mary Lynn Clark, placed sixth.
Yet after the meet, Washington-Lee Coach Joe D’Emidio was the one clutching the team championship trophy under his left arm.
“That tells you the depth and dedication of the kids working as a team to win this, not worrying about themselves getting a medal in each event,” D’Emidio said. “That makes a big difference.”
Last year Washington-Lee captured the school’s first region title in any sport since 1977 and finished second in the state AAA team meet, with a score of 146.2. The Generals topped that Wednesday with a 147.15, their highest ever at the event, and a comfortable margin ahead of second-place McLean (143).
W.T. Woodson senior Simone Freidman soared to the all-around championship with a score of 38.35, with Centreville’s Ciara Hoernke and Hayfield’s Molly Overstreet tying for second at 38.05.