ATLANTIC JUNIOR OLYMPIC GYMNASTS
SPARKLE AND SHINE AT WINTER CARNIVAL
Levels 5-8 Perform Well in Team Standings
BRENTWOOD, NH — January 18, 2016–The Junior Olympic (JO) gymnasts from Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center (AGTC) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire recently competed at the Winter Carnival Invitational. Hundreds of athletes representing more than a dozen gyms from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts competed in this Region 6 sanctioned sectional qualifier hosted by Gymnastics at Brentwood Commons in Brentwood. Reporting Levels 5, 6, 7, and 8 below.
Level 5 Shines at Winter Carnival with a First Place Finish
The Level 5 JO team captured first place among team standings with many outstanding performances. In the Snow Angels Division, Avery Dinges captured first place in the all-around with an amazing recovery after a hard fall on the balance beam. Dinges went on to capture fifth on the event, while placing first on uneven bars, fifth on vault, and seventh on floor. From Portsmouth, Cameron Zadravec had a strong beam routine, placing fourth, while also placing fourth on uneven bars and in the all-around. Ava Lindsay had a powerful vault, placing second on the event fifth on uneven bars and seventh all-around in the Snow Angels Division.
In the Level 5 Snowflakes division, Zoe Rahn led all gymnasts, placing first in the all-around, powered by impressive first-place finishes on vault and uneven bars, and a fourth place finish on floor. Portsmouth teammate Sinead Dolan finished fourth on balance beam and sixth on uneven bars, combined scoring landed her seventh in her division the all-around scoring. Meanwhile Anya Bakin placed seventh on vault, bars and beam, and finished ninth in the all-around.
In the Level 5 Icicles Division, Isabella Balfour had a stellar day, finishing first overall, with second place on vault, third place on uneven bars, and sixth place on balance beam and floor. Julia Hackley had a graceful beam routine, which earned her second place merit along with a fifth place finish on uneven bars, and the fifth place spot in all-around scoring. Maren Hennessy executed a gold medal uneven bars routine, as well as a third place vault, earning her an eighth place finish in the all-around.
Level 6 Takes Third at Winter Carnival
AGTC Level 6 JO team is comprised of nine athletes; the team earned a third place finish in the Level 6 team rankings. Standouts include Madison Zadravec of Portsmouth who earned first place in the all-around Penguin division with a total score of 37.10. By event, she produced first place on vault, bars, second place on floor and third place on balance beam. Also in the Penguin division, Francesca Toracinta placed third in the all-around rankings with a combined score of 36.6205; by event she took second place on beam, third place on uneven bars, fourth on vault, and fifth place on floor. Right behind was teammate Lucy Ferrini with a sixth place all around finish (35.025) complemented by fourth place on uneven bars, seventh place on floor and ninth place on vault.
Into the Level 6 Icicles division, Newmarket’s Kaia Meredith had a gold medal performance on balance beam, she also beautifully executed uneven bars and vault, both with fourth place nods; collectively she took fifth place in the all-around standings in her age group. Grace Schwaegerle wasn’t far behind with ninth place in the all-around supported by a strong second place vault and sixth place on uneven bars. Mia Cheney came out strong on floor exercise (9.40) and uneven bars (9.150) earning fourth place recognition on both events.
Gabbie Verno led the Level 6 Snowflake division on vault earning a stunning 9.50 on the event and a first place ribbon. Verno also did well on uneven bars with a fifth place finish. In the all-around, Verno was awarded sixth place. Also in the Snowflake division, Amy Benson of Newmarket performed well on floor and vault earning eighth place and a solid 9.0 balance beam performance that placed her seventh on the event.
Sole AGTC competitor in the Snow Angel division was Madeline Brandt of North Hampton who took third place on floor (9.325) fourth on uneven bars (8.825) and seventh place on vault (9.0); combined scoring landed her sixth place in the all-around rankings.
Level 7 Earns Fourth Place at Winter Carnival
AGTC sent three Level 7 JO gymnasts to compete, collectively the Level 7 group placed fourth in the standings, individually, in the Snow Angel division Katherine Carter of Dover took second overall win with gold medal placement on vault (9.525), second place on balance beam (9.250), and fifth on uneven bars (8.750) and floor (9.30). Teammates Sarah Craft (Dover) and Audrey Stewart (Union) were top competitors in the Snowflake Division. Craft with a third place all around showing complemented by a gold performance on balance beam (9.20), third place on vault (9.125) and uneven bars (9.30) and fourth place on floor (9.150). Stewart was right behind Craft with fourth place all around nod supported by fourth place on uneven bars (9.30), fifth place on vault (9.125) and floor (9.125) and seventh place on balance beam (8.30). Teammate Hannah Braddish was unable to compete due to a knee injury.
Level 8 Solid with a Second Place Finish at Winter Carnival
Battling a bevy of injuries leaving two of the five gymnasts unable to compete in all four events, the Level 8 JO team secured a solid second place finish in the team standings. Brooke McErlain, of Hampton, struck gold in the Snowflake division, with first place finishes in the all-around (36.20), on vault (9.050), uneven bars (9.20) and balance beam (9.050). Meanwhile in the Icicle division teammates Malia Cryan of York, Maine and Gabbie Pitt of Stratham lead their division. Cryan took first place in the all-around standings with a shining gold medal floor performance. Right behind her, Pitt secured a second place all around ranking supported by a gold on vault. Returning from an arm injury, Dominique Chasse, of Lebanon, Maine, held her own with a graceful routine and second place finish on the balance beam while Anya Cunningham, of Raymond, valiantly competed through an injury to complete two events. Heidi Fortin was unable to compete due to a sprained back.
Each competing gymnast who scored a cumulative score of 32.0 or higher earn a bid to compete in the Region 6 State Championships held later this year. State qualifiers include M. Zadravec, Carter, Craft, Meredith, Toracinta, McErlain, Verno, Stuart, Schwaegerle, Rahn, Cryan, Benson, Brandt, Pitt, Balfour, Cheney, Ferrini, Dinges, C. Zadravec, Lindsay, Dolan, Bakin, Hackley, and Hennessy. The AGTC JO teams are coached by Cori Cunningham, Allison Brisson and Matt Yellis. The girls return to practice this week to prepare for their next meet to be held later this month.