Thursday, 03 June 2021 12:47

Athlete of the Week: Sophia Damiano

Photo by Yvonne Hennessey. Photo by Yvonne Hennessey.

Congrats to this week’s Athlete of the Week – Sophia Damiano!

Sophia finished her gymnastics career on the varsity team at Saratoga Springs High School in February, after being Co-Captain for the last two years. She just recently finished her USA Gymnastics (USAG) season at the Eastern Nationals. She has done competitive gymnastics since the fourth grade. She also competes with Cartwheels Gym in Clifton Park. 

Sophia has an impressive list of stats for her high school gymnastics career. As a freshman, she placed 2nd in the All Around Sectional Tournament (2017-2018) and advanced to the State Meet. As a sophomore she placed 3rd in the All Around Sectional Tournament (2018-2019) and advanced to the State Meet. Her junior year she claimed the title of Sectional Tournament Champion (2019-2020) and set tournament records in the Beam (9.425) and Vault (9.45). She had the second best All Around score at the tournament since 2006 with a 37.35. She medaled on vault in 5th place, tying the Section 2 Vault record with a 9.475 at the NYSPHAA State Meet on Long Island. 

This year, her senior year at Toga, Sophia broke her own records. She had a career high All Around score of 37.45, she had a personal best on Floor with a 9.575, she captured the Section 2 vault record with a 9.65 her first meet of the year, and she broke Vault records for a 3rd time at a later meet and established the Section 2 record with a 9.75. This past season Toga won 7 out of 9 meets in the Suburban Council. 

Her senior year at USAG States, she took 1st in Vault, 2nd in Bars, and 2nd in All Around. At USAG Regionals in Massachusetts, she took 2nd in Vault and 4th in Beam. She then advanced and traveled to Eastern Nationals with Region 6 in Georgia, where she competed against 226 senior level gymnasts. She medaled on Vault with a 6th place finish with a score of 9.6. 

Sophia has been a High Honor Roll student for all four years at Saratoga Springs High School. She balances her AP and Honors course loads with a 20+ hours a week training schedule. She has been a member of SALT Club and Spanish National Honor Society. She has volunteered for SNACpack, Helping Hoops, and Ryan’s Run over the last few years. 

Several NCAA collegiate gymnastics teams were recruiting Sophia, and she is thrilled to be continuing her career at Rhode Island College with Coach Monica Nassi, a former Spanish National Olympic Team member. She will be a Specialist in Vault, Beam, and Floor during her freshman year, while studying Registered Nursing to further pursue a Nurse Practitioner degree. 

Sophia has a positive outlook on her athletic and academic experiences. She is reflective and grateful for everyone that has helped her reach her potential. 

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