SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The 2014 YMCA National Gymnastic Championship meet was held in Tampa, Florida, from July 1 through July 5, 2014.  The meet was declared an official “Olympic Day” event by the US Olympic Committee.  Seven gymnasts from the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA competed at the meet and were excited to be a part of the festivities. 

The opening ceremonies were held at the Tampa Buccaneers Stadium.  The gymnasts’ grand entrance included parading across the stage and being broadcast on the “Jumbotron” above the stands and then onto the field surface.     During the ceremony, FSPY gymnast Heather Mullen was presented before the crowd, having been awarded a $1,000 Scholarship from the Y-USA.   The scholarship criteria are very stringent, and, it was quite an honor for Heather to have received the recognition and scholarship. 

Kacie Bumiller represented the FSPY team in the Championship Division.  After two days of competition, Bumiller found herself in the top 10 in the nation on Vault and, thus, qualified to compete at Finals.  She is the first gymnast from the FSPY team to qualify for finals since 1995.  Bumiller placed 9th in the nation on Vault after Finals.  Bumiller also placed 11th All Around.

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In the Developmental Division, Abbie Fontana placed 8th on vault.  Kristy Cerini, Marissa DiBella, Lauren Lockfeld, Abby Kennedy and Heather Mullen also competed for the FSPY team at the Development Division level.  Congratulations to all the gymnasts.

The YMCA offers Gymnastics for all ages and spaces are still available for Gymnastic summer camp.  The Y’s gymnastics camps are available for preschoolers, school-aged gymnasts, as well as competitive level gymnasts.  Cheerleading camp for ages 5 through entering 5th grade will be held August 4-8, 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Grand Street facility.  Spaces are still available, so Register Now.  Registration for Fall gymnastics begins in August and fall classes begin September 2nd.  Be sure to register early to save your space in your favorite gymnastics class at the Y for this Fall!   For more information about gymnastics at all levels at the Y, call Barbara at (908) 889-8880.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, please call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or visit the Y’s website at Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.