In a packed Babylon gym on Nov. 8, Miller Place School District freshmen Jordan Ceccarini competed in the Suffolk Individual Gymnastics Championships for third time.
Ceccarini is a Miller Place student, but because the district does not have a gymnastics program, she had to participate in the competition through Half Hollow Hills coached by both Terri Kindelmann and Peter Neu.
"Jordan started on bars and got a 9.25 to place first in the county. She then went to the balance beam where she competed the most difficult moves of the night and was almost flawless and scored 9.5," said her father, Nicholas P. Ceccarini.
"That [9.5] took first place in the county. She received a 9.35 on the floor to place fourth and was the shortest gymnast in the county finals to land a perfect vault landing to receive a 9.575 to take second place."
Ceccarini said the entire Farmingdale gymnastic studio, where Jordan practices, was closed down so all of the gymnasts could watch her compete. Residents and students of Miller Place also showed up to support Jordan as she continued to dominate the competition.
Jordan ended the night taking second over all in the entire Suffolk County with a 37.625 and will now represent the entire Suffolk County in the state finals in March.