It was a weekend full of successes for the Atlantic Gymnastics Dover Xcel team. Atlantic’s gymnasts made the trip up to Biddeford, ME to compete in the (appropriately named) Frostbite Invitational hosted by Dudziak’s School of Gymnastics on February 11th and 12th. Not even the Blizzard could stop these gymnasts from competing!
Beginning on Saturday, February 11th the Dover Xcel Bronze team started the weekend off strong. The girls were divided into three age groups. In the Child division Samantha Bishop placed 2nd on bars scoring a 9.675, 1st on beam with a 9.45, 2nd on floor with a 9.45 and earned 1st place in the all around with a 37.25. In the Junior age group Katherine Indelicato took 3rd on bars with a 9.425. Katherine also placed 1st on beam, competing her newest skill, a cartwheel, with a 9.575. In the Senior age division Cate Palmer earned 1st on beam scoring a 9.5 and 3rd place on floor with a 9.65. Cate’s presentation and elegance on floor truly captured the audience. Atlantic Dover’s Xcel Bronze team earned 1st place overall.
Early on Sunday, February 12th Atlantic’s Silver team took the floor. Part of the Child A division, Savanah Hughes placed 3rd on bars scoring a 9.625. Brooke Kelly, a new Silver team member placed 1st on bars earning the highest score the Dover Xcel team has ever seen, a 9.9! In the Child B division, Gabby Harriton took 3rd on bars with a 9.675. Brooke Helliwell, competing in her first meet at the Silver level, performed extremely well. Brooke earned 3rd on vault with a 9.0 and 1st on bars with a 9.775. Brooke also competed her cartwheel on beam, a new skill to her repertoire, and took 3rd place with a 9.275. She also placed 1st on floor with a 9.55 and 2nd in the all-around with a 37.6. Renee Remick, part of the Junior A age group placed 2nd on vault with a 9.05. Also in the Junior A group, Gabby Sasien placed 3rd on beam with a 9.35. In the Senior age group, Audrey Choate took 3rd on bars with a 9.7. The Silver team has been working hard in practice to improve their routines. Their hard work showed through this weekend!
Atlantic’s Gold team was next to take the competition floor. In the Junior age division Natalie Sicard earned 1st on vault with an 8.925, 1st on beam with a 9.375 and 1st in the all-around scoring a 36.65. In the Intermediate division Anya Marengo took 3rd on vault with an 8.8 and 3rd on floor with a 9.275. Anya also earned 1st place on bars with a strong routine scoring a 9.525. Cadence Howard took 2nd place on bars with a 9.275. Cadence also earned 1st on beam with a 9.5, 2nd on floor with a 9.375 and placed 1st in the all-around with a 36.9. In the Senior age group, it was a 1, 2, 3 finish on vault with Julia Dirksmeier placing 1st with a 9.1, Mia Orluk in 2nd with an 8.925 and Jillian Driscoll in 3rd with an 8.75. Mia also took 3rd on bars with a 9.35 and 1st on beam with a 9.525. Julia earned 2nd on beam with a 9.5 and 3rd on floor with a 9.25. It was a close finish in the all-around with Mia taking 1st with a 37.025 and Julia in 2nd with a 36.9. The Gold team earned first place overall.
The Platinum team finished up the evening, even in the snow! In the Junior age group Gianna Coppola took 1st on bars with an 8.95, 1st on floor with a 9.3 and also 1st in the all-around with a 36.1. Sarah Bieniek took 3rd on vault with an 8.95, 1st on beam with a 9.25, 3rd on floor with a 9.2 and 2nd in the all-around with a 35.95. In the Senior division Alexa Nelson earned 2nd on bars with an 8.9, 3rd on floor with a 9.15 and 3rd in the all-around with a 35.85. Tori Downey finished in 3rd on vault with a 9.05 and 2nd on beam with a 9.05. Bethany Howard took 3rd on beam with a 9.0 and 1st on floor with a 9.325. The Platinum team earned 1st place overall.
Atlantic’s Platinum and Gold teams will compete next at the Valentine’s Masquerade Meet on February 18th hosted by Phantom Gymnastics in Hampstead, NH. This will be their last meet before they head to Florida to compete in the Tim Rand Invitational in Ft. Lauderdale. The Silver and Bronze teams will compete in the Hip Hop Classic on February 24th and 25th in Brattleboro, VT.