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The Living Yearbook of East Brunswick High School

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Beyond Balance: A Look Into EBHS’s Gymnastics Team

Flipping, rolling, and tumbling to the top: EBHS’s gymnastics team had an outstanding and memorable 2023-2024 fall season.
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The EBHS “Gym Bears” take second place at GMCS! From left to right, Meera Patel (10), Gianna Witkowski (11), Mia Malta (11), Anna Tischhauser (12), Sasha Marcinczyk (12), Aditi Das (12), Aviti Jain (11), Caroline Surabian (9) and Alisa Diadyk (9).

From the team’s scores, challenges, and sisterhood, this close-knit group of ten girls worked hard to achieve their incredible scores and standings at their meets.

The team started the season off strong, winning their first three meets of the year. At the Greater Middlesex Conference Championship, (GMCs), they secured an incredible second place win and a season high score of 105. The EBHS “Gym Bears” then rounded off their season with six individual qualifiers at sectionals.

Sasha Marcinczyk (12) lands 1st place for her floor exercise at the 2023 GMCs. (Greg Patuto at NJ.com)

Aviti Jain, a junior and one of the sectional qualifiers for the team, points out that gymnastics is “one of the toughest sports.” Gymnastics “requires power, flexibility, balance, and coordination” she explains. The EBHS gymnasts had to utilize all of these vital skills when participating at meets.

Senior Angelique Cauterucci, one of the team’s captains, added on to Aviti and expressed how the challenges of gymnastics “truly highlight the importance of assisting [their] teammates.” She described how with the unique physical and mental challenge of the sport it was key that the group of gymnasts had “unwavering support for one another during both the good and bad times.”

Sasha Marcinczyk (12) competing in the floor exercise category at GMCs. (Greg Patuto at NJ.com)

Another one of the captains of the team, junior Mia Malta, described how her co-captain, Angelique Cauterucci, has helped the team succeed throughout the season. Malta describes how on the day before their first meet, Cauterucci took the initiative to explain the emotional aspects of the competition. She reminded the team to put emphasis on the group rather than each individual and pointed out how “every person on the team matters whether you are competing or not”. Malta described how Cauterucci encouraged the team to keep their energy high and cheer for the girls. For Malta, “It was talks like these that made [the team] feel prepared for the meet and excited to be a part of it.”

Exceptional scores and noteworthy standings make this group of girls stand out to the East Brunswick community, but their friendship and support for one another are what make this team really shine.

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Anika Bahirwani, Bear Hub Staff
Anika Bahirwani is a junior at East Brunswick High School. She is passionate about helping women in need and is Vice President of Mark on Menstruation, a New Jersey Nonprofit. She has a love for writing and reading and is a features editor for the school newspaper: The Clarion. Outside of school, Anika dances in a multitude of styles including Bollywood, Bhangra, Indo-Contemporary, and Street-Jazz. When she has free time, she loves to bake and cook for her friends, family, and twin sister Reyna. 

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