SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Summies Gymnastics Team from The Connection for Women & Families sent 18 gymnasts to the recently-completed USAIGC World Championships in Orlando, FL, where they competed against more than 1,200 gymnasts from all over the United States, Canada, South Africa, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. The Summies contingent brought home 37 medals and two, Top 5, team championship banners.
The Summies Bronze team started off the competition with a strong showing from all athletes. Emma Claus finished 10th overall with a 35.4. She posted a season-high beam score (8.9), and qualified to event finals with the second highest vault score of the day at 9.425. Isabel Claus finished right behind her sister in 11th place overall with a 35.2. She posted season-high scores on beam (8.975) and floor (8.825), and qualified to event finals on vault with a 9.1. Noa Dial finished 12th overall with a 35.175, and qualified to event finals on bars (8.55) and beam (9.025). Mia Murdock finished 15th overall with a 33.925, and qualified to event finals on vault with an 8.875. Emily Haines earned 33.825 in the all-around and posted a season high 9.0 on floor. Gretchen Probst finished with a 33.725 overall, including a season-high 9.125 on beam and 9.05 on floor. She qualified to event finals on both of those events. Nora Kapp earned 32.7 overall, with her best event a 14th-place finish on beam with a score of 8.675. Caitlin Fagan posted a 31.95 all-around score, and including the 13th best vault with an 8.7. Emma Arricale competed as an event specialist, where she posted a 9.150 on floor where she qualified to event finals. Bryn Little also competed as an event specialist. Her best event was floor where she posted a season-high 8.8.
In the event finals, Emma Claus became the Summies first 2014 World Champion with a 9.55 on vault. Isabel Claus finished 5th on vault with a season-high 9.375. Gretchen Probst won 5th place on beam (9.1) and 7th place on floor (9.075). Noa Dial finished 6th on bars (8.55) and 12th on beam with an 8.325. Emma Arricale won 20th place on floor with a 9.075. Mia Murdock finished 9th on vault with an 8.85.
The Silver Team was led by Catherine Singow who finished 9th overall in the preliminary competition with a 35.525. She qualified to event finals on vault with a season-high 9.45. Grace Bauman finished 15th overall with a 35.425, and for the third year in a row, she qualified to event finals on bars with an 8.825. Reagan Hopeck finished 14th in preliminaries with a 34.8. She qualified to event finals on bars with an 8.925. Emily Weisman finished 16th overall in preliminaries with a 34.675. She also finished 7th on floor with a 9.175. Murphy Degen scored a 33.075 in the preliminary competition, and was 15th on vault with a 9.075.
In the event finals, Catherine Singow earned the Summies’ second Gold Medal of the meet by putting up a 9.4 on vault. Regan Hopeck earned a 5th place medal on bars with an 8.475. Grace Bauman finished 15th on bars with an 8.025.
In the preliminary Platinum Team competition, Abby Claus earned the bronze medal in the All-Around with a 33.45. She also posted a season-high 8.925 on floor. Nicki Eichenholtz finished 4th overall with a 32.875. She was the second qualifier on beam with an 8.75. Noa Efron finished 7th overall with a 32.225 and posted the third best preliminary beam score with an 8.375. The Summies Platinum Team won the 3rd place team banner, finishing behind teams from California and South Africa.
In event finals, Nicki Eichenholtz won the silver medal on bars (8.175) and tied with team mate Noa Efron for the bronze medal on beam (8.4). Abby Claus won the bronze medal on bars.
The Summit Summies Team is a member of the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs, Inc. and is part of the gymnastics program offered by The Connection for Women & Families. The team consists of girls, ages 7 through 17 years who practice two to five days a week in the Connection's state-of-the-art facility. Anyone interested in instructional, competitive gymnastics, or summer gymnastics camp, is directed to call Tracy Burkholder, Director of Gymnastics, at 908 / 273-4242.