Fourteen athletes from the Saratoga Regional YMCA Springettes Gymnastics Team traveled with their families to Long Beach California for the YMCA Gymnastics 2016 National Championships from June 29th through July 3rd. The Springettes were coached by Kim Hewitt and Vicky Plitt.
The week started with Springettes team captain Sydney Hedge attending the reception for graduating seniors, which took place on the Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach. All seniors were recognized for their years in YMCA gymnastics. The next day was the March in of the states and the opening ceremonies, where over 1300 athletes marched in from 29 different states. The next two days were filled with competition where our girls received 30 medals in their sessions of competition.
The last day of competition is set aside for our upper level girls, who have the opportunity to qualify to the all-around championships if they are in the top 25 of their age group after all sessions of competition are combined. This year BOTH of our athletes at level 8 qualified for the all-around Finals! Marissa Verro who finished 3rd in the country in the senior age division after two days of hit routines. Abbigail Moller finished 25th in day 1 of the juniors competition to qualify for the all-around finals, but unfortunately sustained an injury on the 1st day on her last event, and was not able to compete on the 2nd day of competition. All of our Springettes did a fabulous job and we should be proud of all of them!
Level 4 child: Alessandra Layer placed 8th on the vault
Level 4 junior: Star Pflieger placed 3rd on bars, 1st on beam, and 4th all-around. Olivia Allen placed 9th on vault, 1st on bars, and 5th all-around.
Level 4 senior: Isabelle Layer placed 8th on vault, 1st on beam, 9th on floor and 9th all-around. Morgan Thompson placed 6th on bars. Alyssa Fisher placed 5th on beam and 9th on floor.
Level 5 senior: Kalli Hewitt placed 5th on vault and 6th on floor.
Level 6 senior: Alyssa Greene placed 18th all-around and Samantha Brantigan placed 19th all-around.
Level 7 child: Anna Martindale placed 8th on vault, 6th on bars, 8th on beam, and 7th all-around.
Level 7 junior: Camilla Greene placed 7th on bars, and 6th on beam. Sydney Hedge placed 17th all-around.
Level 8 junior: Abby Moller placed 7th on vault, 2nd on floor. In the combined sessions, Abby placed 25th in the all-around final out of 78 girls in the country.
Level 8 senior: Marissa Verro placed 4th on vault, 3rd on bars, 6th on beam, and 5th on floor. In the all-around finals Marissa placed 3rd in the country against over 70 athletes.