MADISON, NJ -- All three of The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA’s gymnastics teams have started their competitive season. The first meet was hosted by the Madison Area YMCA on January 15, featuring our A and B Teams. The C Division team competed at home on January 20.
In a spectacular showing all Fanwood-Scotch Plains A & B Team competitors qualified for YMCA Nationals being held in Toledo OH, June 27-July 1, 2018. One of those competitors was A Team member Ava McKenzie who placed 2nd on Vault and 3rd on Bars in the 14 and under age group. Rachel Tang competed in the 16 and over age group.
B Team Level 7 competitor Kayla Morrow took home 1st place on Vault in the 13 and under age group. Morrow also placed 2nd on Bars and 4th in the All-Around. Teammate Ashley Sekiya went home with a 3rd place finish on Beam, and 6th place ribbons on Vault and Floor. Jillian Miele took 4th place on Floor.
Lenore Ferguson went home with 1st place All-Around in the Level 7, 14 and over age group. Ferguson also placed 2nd on Vault and 4th on Bars and Beam. Nicalina DelRosario placed 3rd on Bars and Floor and 4th on Vault.
Ava Fazio placed 3rd on Vault and Floor, 7th All-Around and 8th on Bars in the 11 and under age group for Level 6. Alice Ping placed 7th on Floor and 9th in the All-Around. Fifth place on Floor went to Julia Ferguson. Sophia Catalano also competed.
Tehya Stephens competed in the Level 7, 12 year old age group taking home 3rd place on Beam and 4th place on Floor. Jessica Dianda also competed in this age group.
Second place on Vault in the Level 7, 13 and over age group went home with Emma Nobile. Third place on Floor was earned by Alana Beardsley. Madalyn McEvoy placed 2nd on Bars and 3rd on Beam. Elizabeth Parvin also competed.
The C Division team was represented by 14 gymnasts, many of whom were competing for the first time. They competed in four different age groups.
The 9 and under age group was represented by Diane Morrow, who placed 3rd on Bars. Aiden Steinwald and Agnes Yee also represented Fanwood-Scotch Plains.
Xing Liao was awarded 4th place All-Around in the 10 year-old age group. Liao also earned 2nd place on Balance Beam and 3rd place on Vault. Holly Dore also competed in this age group.
First place All-Around in the 11 year-old age group was earned by Jasmine Gutierrez, who also took 1st on Vault, Beam and Floor, and 5th on Bars. Olivia Stelzer took home 2nd place in the All-Around. She also placed 1st on Bars, 2nd on the Beam, 3rd in Vault and 4th on Floor. Heather Sherman placed 4th on bars and 5th on the Beam. Remy Batista took home the 6th place ribbon on Bars. Kelsey Scott also competed in the 11 year-old age group.
The twelve and over age group saw Sarah Sicoli win 1st place All-Around. Sicoli also placed 1st on Bars and Beam and 2nd on the Floor. Eva Pereira took home the 2nd place ribbon in the All-Around, Vault and Beam. Pereira placed 3rd on Bars and 4th on Beam as well. Jessica Glander took home 3rd place in the All-Around, Beam and Floor, 2nd on Bars and 4th on Vault. Taylor Clement also competed.
Gymnastics classes offered at the Y include parent-toddler, preschool and school age classes offered Monday through Saturday. Registration is also open for summer pre-school and school-age gymnastics camps. The Y also offers dance and sports classes. Birthday parties are also available.
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, call (908) 889-8880 or visit www.fspymca.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.