Seacoast Gymnasts Named State Champions

Level Four Gymnasts from Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center (AGTC) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire recently returned home with honors from NH-USAG State Championship held at the Stratham Cooperative Middle School, in Stratham, New Hampshire. During this USAG sanctioned weekend-long meet, hundreds of gymnasts from training centers across the state competed for State Champion distinction.

From Dover, Katherine Carter was named State Champion in the 6-7 year old division with an overall score of 37.725. The judges also named Carter State Champion on floor (9.325) and beam (9.70). Carter earned second place on bars (9.375) and third place on vault (9.325). Portsmouth’s Grace Jenkins was named State Champion on bars (9.50) and vault (9.60) supported by ninth place on beam (tie with teammate Amy Benson) and fifth place on floor. Jenkins was awarded second place overall. Also from Portsmouth, Jennifer Ross performed well earning third place on bars (9.30) and beam (9.45), ninth on vault and tenth of floor; combined score produced a fifth place overall placement.

Meanwhile, teammates Amy Benson and Sinead Dolan had successful outings in the same division; Benson took fifth on uneven bars, ninth place on vault (tie with Ross) and beam (tie with Jenkins) and eighth place on floor. Benson earned seventh in the all around. Dolan produced an impressive 9.30 on vault which gave her fourth place standings on the event.

Dover’s Alysia Tellez was named State Champion in the 8 year old division with first place performances on vault (9.40) and floor (9.675), fifth place on uneven bars (9.35) and second place on beam (9.525). Hailing from Newmarket, Kaia Meredith worked hard and was awarded second place on vault, fourth place on uneven bars, and ninth on beam, she ranked tenth in the all around. Teammates Mia Cheney, Carly Mitchell, Lindsey White and Anya Bakin were contenders in their division as well. Cheney with merit on uneven bars, vault, and floor, Mitchell took seventh on vault followed by White who produced a tenth place performance on vault. Bakin achieved personal bests on vault and floor.

In the 9 year old division, AGTC girls Lucy Ferrini, Madison Zadravec, and Francesca Toracinta, all worked hard and garnered solid results. Ferrini was awarded sixth place all around supported by sixth place on vault, fifth place on uneven bars, fourth place on beam and a fine finish on floor. Zadravec earned recognition on vault and floor routines and Toracinta was recognized with placement for her work on each of the four individual events and was named in the all around.

Grace Toshach was named State Champion (tie) in the 10 year old division with an overall score of 37.375. Grace earned second on bars and beam, third on floor and fourth (tie) on vault. Teammate and sister Sarah Toshach was close behind—the judges named Sarah a State Champion on vault supported by a third place finish on uneven bars and a fifth place ranking on floor. Sarah was awarded second with an overall score of 37.00.

Concurrently, AGTC fellow tumblers Elizabeth Toshach, Gillian Croteau, and Grace Howard were recognized by the judges. Elizabeth with a fourth place finish (tie) on vault, Croteau tied for fifth in the all round supported by fourth place accolades on bars and sixth place on beam. Howard did equally well with a fourth place finish on vault and fifth place on beam.

York’s Cali McDonald was named State Champion in the 11-12 year old division with an overall score of 37.60. Judges named McDonald a State Champion on vault (9.275) and beam (9.525) and runner up on uneven bars (9.475) and floor (9.325).

The Level Four Team took second place overall in the team portion of the State Championships, a marked improvement over last year’s third place finish. The team is coached by Tony Retrosi, Jennifer Pelland and Matt Yellis.

Author: Staff Reporter

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