March began as a whirlwind for the girls of the Atlantic Gymnastics Dover Xcel team. Over the weekend of March 3rdand 4th Atlantic’s athletes were spread throughout the eastern coastline. Dover’s Bronze and Silver teams competed in the first annual Noha’s Invitational at the Hampshire Dome in —–, NH while the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond teams traveled to South Carolina to the Coastal Classic where they would test their grit against teams from all over the south. Atlantic was well represented in both competitions where all the girls put on their game face and let their hard work shine.
The Bronze team was divided into two age division: Junior and Senior. Izzy Rothwell and Maddie Bickford represented Atlantic in the Junior age group. Izzy was strong on bars keeping her legs glued together earning 1stplace with a 9.55. Maddie took 1st in the all-around with a 37.5. In the Senior group Annette Morris earned 1st place on floor with a beautifully executed routine. Lily Nutter, who has been working hard on bars, earned 2nd place. Hannah Dunbar took 1st on vault, beam and in the all-around. Hannah also earned the judge’s award on beam impressing them with her confidence. Additionally, Hannah earned the award for the highest all-around of the Bronze session! Kaylee Corman earned the judge’s award on floor for her flawless presentation and took 2nd place on beam. Mollie O’Connor earned 1st on bars with a 9.5. Anna Wolusky was strong across the board earning 2nd place in the all-around. Aaliyah Stancil was powerful on vault earning a 9.05. Gracie Blanchette showed off her strength on bars earning a 9.15. With ten Bronze team members competing, Atlantic coaches are proud to announce that as tricky as beam can be, there were no falls! The Bronze team earned 1st place!
It was Silver’s turn next to compete. There were six Silver’s representing Atlantic split into three age divisions: Youth, Junior and Senior. In the Youth division Sam Bishop was strong on floor performing her advanced tumbling pass earning 2nd place. Gracie Schmidt took 1st on floor showing off her fabulous dance. Katherine Indelicato, part of the Junior division, rocked the beam with a solid routine and took 1st place. Bea VanCampen took 1st on floor presenting a beautiful routine and also earning the judge’s award for finishing with a smile. In the Senior division Adurey Choate placed 1st on vault, floor and all-around. Evy Ashburner performed her round-off back handspring for the first time and earned 2nd on bars and beam. The Silver team finished in 2nd place.
Atlantic’s Gold team was represented by four members: Annie Beikman, Renee Remick, Brooke Helliwell, and Savanah Hughes. The girls were divided into three ages divisions based on age but all scores contributed to the team overall regardless of age division. Savanah had a stellar performance on floor where she stuck her tumbling passes and impressed the judges for a 4th place finish. This was Renee’s first meet back after an injury and competed with complete composure. Renee earned 5th on bars with a 9.35. Brooke was consistent across the board taking 2nd place on bars, beam, floor and all-around. Annie was honored as a Senior competitor. She will be attending Keene State in the fall and will be truly missed. Annie was beautiful on beam after a shaky warm up and earned 2nd place while receiving 3rd in the all-around. The top three scores on each even contribute to the team total and the Gold team took 4th place with a total of 106.375.
Overcoming injuries, and with other commitments finished, this was the first meet since the start in November Atlantic’s Platinum gymnasts represented with a complete team! The girls were excited but confident as they started their meet. Gianna Coppola, who has been focused on mastering her bar routine, earned 1st place scoring a 9.525. Tori Downey, always a confident competitor, showed her skills on beam earning 4th place. Bethany Howard, a powerful tumbler, wowed the judges with her Michael Jackson moon-walk on floor for a 1st place finish. With only three members, all scored contributed to the team total. The girls worked hard and walked away with a 2nd place Platinum finish.
This is Atlantic Dover’s first year with a Diamond team, the highest level of Xcel. Sarah Bieniek, Alexa Nelson, and Audrey Stuart, all dedicated young women, showed that hard work pays off. Sarah performed her more difficult vault and landed both during the competition, a huge success! She was rewarded with a 2nd place finish and a 9.275. Audrey and Alexa, both in the same age division, were neck and neck throughout the competition. Audrey took 1st on vault, bars and in the all-around while Alexa earned 1st on beam and floor. The Diamond team took home 1st place (with all three girls’ scores contributing to the team total) with a 110.3, beating out five other teams for the gold!
Atlantic will compete next at the A2X2 Invite hosted by A2 Gym & Cheer at the end of March.