Gators take flight at Butterfly Classic
Emily Rodriguez of Stillwater and Tori Friesbie of Sandyston place on the uneven bars.
Copper and bronze Gators celebrate together after the meet.
The Copper age 9 and 10 team and the 11 and 12 teams are shown. Shown, from left, are Morgyn Witt of Newton, Audrey Biss and Reese Abrams of Sparta; Jadyn DePaolo of Wantage, Ciara Peselli of Newton and Meagan Ward of Sparta.
Katie Hlwya of Fredon performs her second-place floor routine.
Cameron Volpe, Meghan Smith and Shea Cina place for the vault
Copper, age 7-8
Meghan Smith of Sparta — 2nd on V, BB, FX and AA.
Cameron Volpe of Sparta — placed 1st on V.
Shea Cina of Sparta — placed 3rd on UB.
Copper, age 9-10
Meagan Ward of Fredon — placed 1st on BB, 2nd on V and UB and 1st AA with a 36.7
Ciara Peselli of Newton — placed 1st on FX, 2nd on BB and 2nd AA.
Jayden DePaolo of Wantage — placed 3rd on V, BB and AA.
Katie Hlywa of Fredon — placed 1st on V and 2nd on FX.
Copper, age 11 and up
Reece Abrams of Sparta — placed 1st on V, UB, BB, FX and AA.
Audrey Biss of Sparta — placed 2nd on V and UB, 3rd on BB and FX and 2nd AA.
Morgyn Witt of Newton — placed 2nd on BB and FX, 3rd on V and UB and 3rd AA.
Bronze, age 9-10
Caroline Dietz of Lafayette — placed 1st on V, 3rd on UB, FX and AA.
Bronze, age 11 and up
Emily Rodriguez of Stillwater — placed 3rd on V.
Tori Frisbie of Sandyston — placed 2nd on UB.
Silver, age 9-11
Kelly Cardell of Hackettstown — placed 1st on V and BB, 2nd on FX, 3rd on UB and 2nd AA.
Silver, age 12 and up
Dara DePaolo of Wantage — placed 2nd on V and UB, 3rd on BB and FX, and 2nd AA.
Kelly Hurley of Sparta — placed 1st on BB, 2nd on FX, 3rd on V and UB, and 3rd AA.
Notes: V — Vault; UB — Uneven Bars; BB — Balance Beam; FX — Floor Exercise; AA — All Around
Taking home two coveted 1st place team banners, Sparta’s Garden Gator team came home triumphant from the Butterfly Classic recently.
The USAIGC gymnastics meet was hosted by C.S. Gymnastics in Flanders, and Giant Gymnastics’ Gators came home covered once again in ribbons and medals. The Copper and Silver level squads both took home the first-place team awards and 16 of their gymnasts came home with first, second and third place ribbons and medals.
In the Copper age brackets of 9-10 and 11-12 the Gators went 1-2-3 for All Around medals.
“This has been a season of many successes- not only in awards but in the gymnasts’ overall abilities,” co-owner and coach John Skorski said. “These girls have progressively gotten stronger throughout the season. I am confident they will give it their all for the remainder of this year as we prepare for the USAIGC State Competition.”
With just one more meet left in the regular competition season, Giant Gymnastics will be bring its largest group of Sparta Gators to NJ USAIGC State Championships in Wildwood this May since it arrived in Sussex County in 2011.
In the Copper level, gymnasts Meagan Ward, Meghan Smith, Ciara Peselli, Jadyn DePaolo and Katie Hlywa will compete. All the Bronze gymnasts — Marguerite Bysshe, Tori Frisbie, Caroline Dietz and Emily Rodriguez- are slated to go. The top-level Silver squad also will be in full force with Kelly Hurley, Rebecca Rodriguez, Dara DePaolo, Kelly Cardell, Gianna Macones and Kaitlin Peccia.
For more information about the Garden Gator Gymnastics team, or about the recreational gymnastics and cheer programs at Giant Gymnastics in Sparta, visit them online at www.GiantGymnastics.com or call 973-579-9400.
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