Giant Gymnastics performs well at Rutgers Color Games

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  • Danielle Bruce of Vernon was third on the uneven bars.

  • Lilly Gretkowski, Emma Hamilton and Brook Selander of Sparta go 1-2-3.

  • Emily Rodriguez of Stillwater is in first and Morgyn Witt of Newton is in third with Audrey Biss of Sparta fourth on balance beam.

  • Emily Rodriguez of Stillwater, Danielle Bruce of Vernon, Audrey Biss of Sparta, Morgyn Witt of Newton and Kelly Cardell of Stillwater.

Color Games Results

Xcel Bronze, 9-10 year old
Lilly Gretkowski of Sparta: 1st place in Vault, Bars, Floor, and All Around, and 2nd place on Beam.
Emma Hamilton of Sparta: 1st place on Beam, 2nd place on Bars, Floor, and All Around, and 3rd place on Vault.
Brooke Selander of Sparta: 2nd place on Vault, 3rd place on Bars, Beam, Floor, and All Around.
Xcel Gold, 13 & up
Danielle Bruce of Vernon: 3rd place on Bars.
Xcel Platinum, 14 & up
Emily Rodriguez of Stillwater: 1st on Vault, Beam, Bars, Floor, and All Around.
Morgyn Witt of Newton: 3rd place on Balance Beam.
Kelly Cardell of Great Meadows: 4th place on Floor.
Audrey Biss of Sparta: 4th place on Balance Beam.
Level 4
Karen Maasbach of Sparta: 2nd place on Floor, and 3rd place on Beam.
Level 5
Katerina Hlywa of Fredon: 2nd place on Vault.
Meagan Ward of Fredon: 4th place on Bars.

In early January, the gymnasts of Giant Gymnastics of Sparta, the Garden Gators, attended the Color Games at Rutgers University. Rutgers is the only college in New Jersey with a National College Athletic Association (NCAA) gymnastics team, and their team hosted this meet for gymnasts in New Jersey, one of three they host each year.

The meet is a unique one: Instead of competing with team members from their own gyms, gymnasts are randomly assigned a color before the meet. Each color team has time before the meet to come up with a sign and team name to use when marching out onto the floor. There are no team awards, but the team with the highest placed gymnasts and most gymnasts with scores of 9s, becomes the Color Games Champion.

Despite not competing together as a team, the Garden Gators had an excellent showing, with many gymnasts scoring in the high 8’s or 9’s. The Gators had a few gymnasts on the Champion teams for each division, including, Fiona Postas and Kate Sutphen, who were on the JO Level 4&5 team Green, Emily Rodriguez, who was on the Pink team for Xcel Platinum.

For more information about events, classes and programs at Giant Gymnastics, visit them online at or call 973-579-9400.

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