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Arcury captures second all-around title Lancaster earns championship with record field

It was the the perfect cap to her local high school gymnastics career.

Williamsville South senior Kristina Arcury took top honors Saturday at the Section VI girls gymnastics championship, winning the all-around competition in her own gym with a score of 37.4.

Arcury also won the championship when she was a freshman, scoring a 37.15.

"It's really exciting, knowing that I'm a senior and that I won when I was a freshman, too," Arcury said.

Arcury edged out Sarah Nadrowski of Kenmore East, who finished all-around with a score of 36.6, and Amanda Recor of Lancaster, who placed third with a score of 36.45.

When asked if she felt any pressure about winning the competition, Arcury shrugged it off.

"There was a chance that either Amanda or Sarah was going to win, but today was my best meet, and it was the best I could do," she said.

Arcury, who plans to compete in Division I gymnastics in college, also broke a sectional record -- her own, from last year -- on the balance beam, garnering a 9.7 from the judge.

Lancaster took first place in the team competition with 18 of its 24 gymnasts having qualified for sectionals. That is the most in the school's history.

Lancaster coach and Section VI Coordinator Donna Aquino couldn't have been more proud.

"To culminate the season with a win today was a dream come true," Aquino said. "They've deserved it from Day One."

Leading Lancaster was Recor, who finished first in two events -- vault and floor. She also took seventh place on the uneven bars and ninth on the beam.

The high level of competition was evident while watching each event.

"The girls feel a lot of pressure to make the state team, to be champions," Aquino said.

As much as competition plays a part, it was hard not to get a sense of the camaraderie and unconditional support each girl received from her team. Arcury found that her Williamsville South teammates were very important to her success.

"They were a really good support system for me, we placed second [in the team standings], and I'm just going to keep working hard to prepare for states."

Aquino also spoke highly of her team's bond.

"They work wonderful together," Aquino said of her Lancaster squad. "Our top kids support our lower level kids, and they really just all love each other."

The top three all-around finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each event, go to the state championships, being held March 2-3, 2008 in Carmel. Joining Arcury at states are Nadrowski (all-around), Recor (all-around), Williamsville South's Kailyn Arcury (vault, bars and beam), Frontier's Nicole Radon (vault, bar and floor) and Kelsey Kryszak (bars), Hamburg's Elise Konikoff (vault and floor), and Kenmore West's Marissa Fabrizi (beam).

Recor says that to prepare for the state championships she will not try to do things much differently, continuing to train at Stumpf's Gymnastics Center.

"I'll just keep doing routines and practicing hard," Recor said.

This year the Colleen Fatta Memorial Scholarship was awarded to both Lisa Miller of Maryvale and Crystal Calabrese from Kenmore West.

The scholarship has been given out since 2001. Fatta was a girls gymnastics coach at both Kenmore East and Kenmore West. She died in 2001 from a brain tumor.

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