Atlantic Gymnastics Xcel Team Shows Heart at Valentine’s Masquerade Meet
Atlantic Dover’s Gold and Platinum Xcel teams participated in the Valentine’s Masquerade meet on Saturday, February 18th hosted by Phantom Gymnastics in Hampstead, NH. All the girls walked away proud of their accomplishments and ready to work harder than ever during practice. The Gold team placed 2nd overall with a team score of 113.1. Atlantic’s Gold gymnasts competed in three age divisions, keeping in theme with the meet: Cupids, Cherubs and Doves. In the Cupid age group Natalie Sicard earned 2nd on vault with a 9.275. Anya Marengo took 1st on bars with a 9.6 and 3rd on floor with a 9.2. During the meet there are also some special awards given out by the judges on each event. Anya earned the ‘Best Swing’ award on bars for her impeccable tap swings on the high bar. In the Cherubs age group Ari Bonney took 2nd place on beam with a solid routine earning her a 9.325. Julia Dirksmeier placed 2nd on vault with a 9.35 and 3rd on bars with a 9.4. Julia also placed 2nd in the all-around with a 36.85. Mia Orluk came away with 1st place on three of the four events: vault, bars and beam. Mia earned a 9.45 on vault, 9.625 on bars and a 9.375 on floor. Additionally, Mia took 1st place in the all around with a 37.525. In the Doves age group Jillian Driscoll earned 3rd place in the all-around with a 37.125. Annie Beikman placed 1st on beam with a 9.55, 1st on floor with a 9.6 and 1st in the all-around with a 37.2.
The Platinum Xcel team was short a couple members, but had just enough gymnasts to compete as a team. In the Love Bug division Gianna Coppola placed 2nd on vault with a 9.175 and 3rd on bars with a 9.175. Competing in the Sweetheart age group, Bethany Howard earned 3rd place on vault with a 9.125. Alexa Nelson placed first on bars with a 9.5, 1st on beam with a 9.55, and 1st in the all-around with a 37.2. Alexa also earned a special award; she scored the highest all around during her meet. Her meet session included Platinum and Diamond Xcel gymnasts as well as Level 8 and Level 9 athletes.
Some of the Gold and Platinum team members will be traveling to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to compete in the Tim Rand Invitational. The girls will compete on Saturday, March 4th at the Broward County Convention Center.