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January 13, 2013

Boys fitting in just fine for Methuen girls gymnastics team

Smith, Cyr fit in with -- and boost -- Methuen's gymnastics team

Cyanna Roig is one persuasive young lady.

Still, even after the Methuen senior and captain had convinced Zach Smith and Cam Cyr to join the girls gymnastics team last year, there was one issue that had to be resolved, at least as far as Cyr was concerned.

“One of my first thoughts when I decided to join was that I really didn’t want to wear a skin-tight uniform, like a leotard,” said Cyr. “I don’t think I could have stood that.

“But we went to (head coach) Kevin (Gendreau) and he said we could wear shorts and a shirt. I was very relieved.”

With that off their minds, Smith and Cyr joined the team not only without reservations, but with enthusiasm. Both had been youth gymnasts but had given up the sport when they were 12.

“My friend Cyanna told me about the team and then I found out that Cam was thinking about it,” said Smith. “We decided to do it together.”

Both Smith and Cyr had enjoyed gymnastics when they were younger and were ready to return to the sport. But both agreed that, as Cyr said, “I don’t think I would have joined the girls team unless we both did it together.”

Roig’s motive for asking them to join had nothing to do with sex integration.

“I just remember when they were younger that they were really good and I thought they could help the team,” she said.

She was right.

Specializing in the vault, which is an event in which a boys’ greater strength is advantageous, both Smith and Cyr were all-conference gymnasts last year.

With a start level of 10, Smith recorded a best score of 9.8, which is a school record. This year, he’s placed first in every meet in the vault, with an average of 9.6, while Cyr is usually second or third at about 9.2.

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