ATLANTIC JUNIOR OLYMPIC GYMNASTS CROWNED CHAMPIONS
March 2016 The Junior Olympic (JO) gymnasts from Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center (AGTC) recently competed at the NH State Championship held in Dracut, Massachusetts. The Level 3, 9, and 10s competed first, with JO levels 5-8 competing later in April. Level 3, 9, and 10 below:
Level 3 Team State Champions
The team categories for Level 3 were split into large team and small team divisions. Large team consisted of 10 gymnasts or more and small team comprised 9 gymnasts or under. AGTC JO Level 3 competed hard and earned an impressive 112.425 and were named Level3 Small Team State Champions!
The first JO Level 3 session kicked off with the 6-8 year old division with Brooklyn O’Neil (York, ME) and Harper Huskey (Rye, NH). O’Neil placed 4th on vault with a 9.4 and Husky performed a fluid and graceful uneven bar routines which placed her 12th in her division.
The 9-10 age division was represented by Orla Burke (Portsmouth, NH),Teagan Wilson (Portsmouth, NH), and Lindsay Lee (Portsmouth, NH). Burke brought in the silver on balance beam with a 9.175 and 6th on vault with a 9.275. Her all around score of 36.225 put in the 9th place spot. Wilson had one of her best outings and placed on each event—3rd on vault (9.425) 5th on bars (9.15) 6th on balance beam a (8.95) and 3rd on floor (9.50). Wilson’s all around score of 37.05 earned her the 4th place title.
Teammate Lee was a top performer in her division and named the NH State Champion on bars, beam, and floor all with the score of a 9.60. Lee’s impressive high score of 38.10 earned her the all around state champion title.
In the Level 3 9B age division, Eliza Penfold of Kittery, ME placed 8th on vault with a 9.10 and 7th on beam with a 8.925. In the 10+ age division three gymnasts represented AGTC, Ava Burness (Hampton, NH), Rachel Khoury (Stratham, NH), and Isabella Trinceri (Hampton, NH).
Trinceri was a top competitor placing on each event– 4th on vault with a 9.35, 5th on bars with a 9.25, 12th on beam with a 8.775, and 2nd on floor with a 9.5. Trinceri secured a 5th place standing in the all around with a 36.875. Meanwhile Khoury earned herself the 12th place spot on bars with a 8.70.
Level 9 Team Named State Champions
The AGTC Level 9 team secured a solid first place win and were named Level 9 NH State Champions with a total score of 176.44. Teammates include: Kristen Sweetman, Ayla McKean, Jillian York, Sarah Morin, and Sydney Caro.
High school senior, Sweetman took the top spot in the all around scoring and was crowned Level 9 State Champion complimented by 1st on bars (8.85) and 2nd on floor (9.175). Ayla McKean was not far behind with a second place all around score of 35.525. McKean was crowned NH State Champion on floor exercise with a 9.150, and took 3rd on bars (8.250), and on beam (9.025).
Teammate Jillian York produced a silver medal on vault (9.250) and beam (9.10), and earned the bronze in the all around with a 35.325. Meanwhile, Portsmouth’s Sarah Morin placed 2nd on bars (8.750) and 3rd on floor (9.125). And Dover’s Sydney Caro brought home 1st on vault crowning her the new vault NH State Champion (9.3), Caro also tied for 2nd on floor (9.150).
Fellow high school senior, and sole AGTC Level 10 competitor, Annie Christman walked away as Level 10 NH State Champion with a combined score of 36.975. Christman had a remarkable day being crowned as a NH State Champion on bars (9.275), beam (9.3) and floor (9.250) and secured a 2nd place silver on vault. The teams are coached by Jennifer Pelland, Ryleigh Osborne, Matt Yellis, Cori Cunningham and Allison Brisson; the Level 9 and 10 athletes return to the gym to prepare for regional competition to be held in April.