It was an eventful weekend full of personal bests for the Dover Atlantic Gymnastics Xcel team. This was the final meet of the season for most of Atlantic’s gymnasts. The girls have been working hard all season in preparation for their State meet. Every club from New Hampshire (a total of 20 gyms) with an Xcel team participated over the weekend of May 7th-8th at Pinkerton Academy. Atlantic competed in four of the five Xcel divisions: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each division was further broken down into age groups.
Atlantic’s Bronze division was well-represented with eighteen athletes. In the 9A age group, Caitlin Klein took 3rd on bars with a 9.425. Representing the 9B age group, Gabby Harriton had a stellar day with consistent performances on each event. She took 1st on vault with a 9.775 and 2nd on bars with a 9.6. Gabby also took home 3rd in the all around with a 38.125, the highest all around of the entire Atlantic team. Renee Remick, part of the 10B age group, placed 2nd on vault with a near perfect demonstration of a perfect vault earning her a 9.575. Renee also placed 3rd on bars with a 9.55. In the 12+ age group, Audrey Choate took 1st place on vault scoring a 9.525. Audrey also placed 3rd on bars as well as beam. In the all-around Audrey took home 2nd place with a score of 37.525. The Bronze team placed 8th out of fifteen teams.
The Silver Xcel team had several outstanding performances earning them 7th place out of sixteen teams. Kailey Holt, part of the 10A age group scored a 9.55 on beam earning her 2nd place. Kailey also took 3rd on floor, scoring a 9.425. In the 12B age group, Mia Orluk performed an engaging floor routine earning her 2nd with a 9.55. Kateri True, also part of the 12B group placed 2nd on beam scoring a 9.675 with a beautifully executed, confident routine. Kateri took 3rd in the all around with a 37.8. Ari Bonney, age 13 took 2nd on floor with a 9.525. Ari has been working hard on perfecting her dance throughout the season and truly shined at the State meet. In the 14+ age group Annie Beikman performed a powerful vault earning a 9.425 securing 3rd place. Annie was a superstar on floor, taking 1st place with a 9.525. In the all-around Annie scored a 38.1 for a 2nd place finish.
Atlantic’s Gold team has been working hard all season learning and perfecting new skills. Each of them put their best foot forward and exhibited true showmanship, especially on floor. In the 14 year old age group, Bethany Howard claimed 3rd place on vault with a 9.15. Tori Downey, also in the same age group, placed 2nd on beam with a 9.425. Tori performs her routine with such grace, she makes her difficult skills look easy.
This is the first year Dover was able to add gymnasts to the Platinum level. This level requires a gymnast to compete and perfect high level skills. Atlantic’s coaches are extremtely proud of the Platinum team: Sarah Bieniek, Megan Hopkins and Alexa Nelson. These three ladies have been working hard to achieve this level in the Xcel program. Atlantic is proud to announce that because of their high all-around scores, Sarah Bieniek and Megan Hopkins qualified to compete at Xcel Regionals. Sarah will compete as an individual ‘All-Star’. Megan will represent the NH State team as well as competing as an individual. Regionals will be held the weekend of May 21st-22nd at Shrewbury High School in Massachusetts. Sarah and Megan will compete against other Platinum gymnasts from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
(Left to Right) Alexis Borish, Sophia Day, Averie Marcotte, Gracie Schmidt, Savanah Hughes, Gabby Harriton, Caitlin Klein, Kadence Madera
(Left to Right) Gabby Sasien, Caraboo West, Riley Bishop, Kaylee Corman, Kacie McGuane, Sophie Lusenhop, Renee Remick, Sophia Burke, Audrey Choate, Anna Wolusky
(Left to Right) Annie Beikman, Ari Bonney, Erica Chase, Mia Orluk, Maddie Stailey, Kateri True, Gracie Gagne, Kayla McGary, Morgan Koskela, Jillian Driscoll, Delaney Sauers
(Left to Right) Evy Ashburner, Kailey Holt
(Left to Right) Gianna Coppola, Anya Marengo, Natalie Sicard
(Left to Right) Tori Downey, Emma Tobbe, Bethany Howard
(Left to Right) Sarah Bieniek, Alexa Nelson, Megan Hopkins