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Bowe, who attends Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School, scored a 9.45 on the beam to narrowly edge Nyack's Amara Cunningham (9.425) and Ward Melville teammate Cydney Crasa (9.4) to win her first gold medal at the state tournament.
Where some might see a full ride as an excuse to ease off the gas pedal, Crasa's work ethic never wavered -- not in the gym, and not in the classroom. Crasa won gold in the vault (9.825) and in the balance beam (9.575) at the state tournament in Buffalo.
Cydney Crasa won state titles on vault and balance beam while Katie Bowe won on the uneven parallel bars (9.450) to lead Suffolk's gymnasts to the team state championship Saturday at Kenmore West High School.
"I'm always very nervous before meets," said Jennings, an Elmont senior on Sewanhaka District's gymnastics team. "I try to play music in my mind and that calms me down."
It was at the start of Monday's Nassau gymnastics state qualifier when doubt crept into the back of Jessica Lopez's mind. Initially, the Plainview JFK freshman said, there always is. But this time, she conceded, there was a bit more apprehension than usual.
Murphy, junior Allison Wick and eighth-grader Heidi Baldinger, who attends Berner Middle School, each qualified Monday for the state meet. It's been 10 years since Massapequa had three girls qualify for the state meet, Chiefs coach Mike Capone said.
Crasa, a Ward Melville junior who secured a full scholarship to George Washington University this week, dominated in the Suffolk individual championships at Smithtown East, earning an all-around score of 38.275. The victory means she'll headline the state team in February for the second year in a row and the third time in her career. She also led her Patriots to a county title earlier this week.