U.S. Gold Gymnastics Academy, located in Miramar Beach, had a great showing at the USAG Junior Olympic Regional Championships.
The Level 9 and 10 gymnasts competed in Palmetto, Florida, April 12-15 and the Level 7 and 8 gymnasts competed in Athens, Georgia, April 19-22.
“These young ladies have really worked hard all year long to earn such high accolades,” said U.S. Gold Coach/Owner Kathy Dwyer.
“Gymnastics is unlike most sports in that we never stop training. Other sports have one season - gymnastics has a six month competition season and a six month training season. These gymnasts train 20 hours a week in the school year and 30 hours a week in the summer. (I'm) so proud that all their hard work has paid off,” Dwyer said.
Individual honors include:
Presley Blackwell, Level 10, age 13, seventh grader from Dothan, Alabama: seventh place, vault, 9.200; third, bars, 9.450; seventh, beam, 9.350; eighth, floor, 9.300; fourth, all-around, 37.300. She also qualified for the USAG Junior Olympic Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Emma Schroeder, Level 10, age 14, ninth grader from Niceville: second, vault, 9.575; eighth, floor, 9.300; eighth, all-around, 36.475; and first alternate to Nationals.
Emma Brittingham, Level 9, age 14, ninth grader from Destin: ninth, vault, 9.150; second, bars, 9.550; fourth, beam, 9.375; 10th, floor, 9.000; third, all-around, 37.075. Brittingham qualified for the USAG Jr. Olympic Eastern Nationals in Rochester, New York.
Meghan Charlton, Level 9, age 14, eighth grader from Niceville: ninth, beam, 9.200; third, floor, 9.375; ninth, all-around, 36.450. Charlton was also named second alternate to Nationals.
Kate Carollo, Level 8, age 10, from Destin: seventh, beam, 9.150; 15th, all-around, 35.250.
Ella Isley, Level 8, age 12, from Niceville: 14th, vault, 9.05; ninth, beam, 9.250; 12th, floor, 9.100; 18th, all-around, 35.275.
Lily Reese Henley, Level 7, age 11, from Baker: first, vault, 9.625; fourth, bars, 9.450; 12th, beam, 9.225; second, floor, 9.600; first, all-around, 37.900.
Aniston Conlee, Level 7, age 12, from Crestview: fifth, vault, 9.550; 12th, bars, 9.250; first, beam, 9.475; third, floor, 9.525; second, all-around, 35.250.
“U.S. Gold has really started to generate a following on the regional and national scene over the last few years,” Dwyer said. “Our level 10 gymnasts are getting calls from Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa to name a few. We are hosting a College Recruitment Camp in October with various NCAA teams being represented so we hope that will continue to get the exposure our girls need to reach their goals.”