2009-03-26 / News

Salt sisters compete together for first time

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Caitlin Salt, one of the North Kingstown High School gymnastics team captains, performs floor exercises at the Skippers final home meet. Photo by Adrienne Downing Caitlin Salt, one of the North Kingstown High School gymnastics team captains, performs floor exercises at the Skippers final home meet. Photo by Adrienne Downing As members of the North Kingstown High School gymnastics team, islanders and sisters Caitlin and Megan Salt are competing on the same team for the first time. The siblings have been doing gymnastics for years at Aim High in North Kingstown, but on different levels and teams.

Senior Caitlin's strongest events were beam and floor where she frequently earned top scores for the team according to Head Coach Kelli Murphy. "Caitlin has been a consistent competitor and driving force behind our success during her career here. As a team captain, Caitlin led her team by example as a hard worker and excellent overall team mate," Murphy said.

Sophomore Megan just completed her first year on the high school team. Last season Megan was on the Aim High national team and did not have the time to commit to the high school team. This season she opted to compete with the Aim High local team which is not as competitive, and involves less travel so she could dedicate at least part of her time to the Skippers.

"Meg has been an amazing addition to our team this season. She is not only a top scorer on every event but is an excellent example of hard work and sportsmanship. Meg makes her biggest contribution to our team on bars, one of the teams' weaker events, with a solid high skill level routine," Murphy said

This season North finished second in the division to La Salle with a record of 10-3. At the state meet on Feb. 22 at Rhode Island College, the Skippers placed a close second to La Salle for the second year in a row. Megan placed sixth on the bars and said, "It was a fun meet, we did really well and it was one of our highest scores ever for the team."

Caitlin said, "I think this year for me at the state meet was really good. I worked hard and I actually competed more than I did last year." Caitlin will be heading to the Senior Nationals on Friday, May 22 along with teammates and fellow seniors Tiphani Comena and Kim McCabe.

Islander and sophomore Julia Hansen was also on the Skippers roster but was injured and out for most of the season. Megan was recently chosen for the Second Team All-Division.

Now the sisters are back at Aim High, which practices and competes all year round. In the fall Caitlin will be heading to URI and plans to compete on the club gymnastics team, while Megan will be back in the gym training and competing for the Skippers and Aim High.

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