The Summit Summies Gymnastics Team from The Connection for Women & Families sent 12 gymnasts to the USAIGC World Championships in Palm Springs, California from June 25-July 2.  They competed against over 660 gymnasts from all over the United States, Canada, South Africa, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.  They brought home a staggering mountain of medals, as well as two team championship banners. 

Gold Team Finishes 7th in the World

The Summies Gold team started off the week of competition with a strong showing from all athletes.  The team finished 7th out of all the Gold Teams overall, which is their highest finish at a National or World Championship event.  Abby Claus led the team in the preliminary competition with a 10th place finish in the 14-16 year old age group with a 34.40.  Her scores qualified her to event finals on bars (8.4), beam (8.75) and floor (9.1).  Alysia Lopez finished 5th in the 12-13 year old age group with a 33.575.  She qualified to event finals on vault (8.55), bars (8.7) and floor (8.975).  Noa Efron finished 15th overall with a 32.6, and also qualified to event finals on floor with a 9.0.  Kiera Little, competing as an event specialist, finished 13th on floor with a 8.875.

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In the event finals, Alysia Lopez won the silver medal on vault with 8.775 in the 12-13 year old age group.  She also finished 5th on bars and 6th on floor.  Abby Claus finished 10th on bars, 6th on beam and 6th on floor with a 9.25.  Noa Efron finished 9th on floor with a 9.1. 

Silver Team Generates World Champion on Beam

The Silver Team was led by Caroline Griffith who finished 10th overall in the preliminary competition with a 36.075 in the 11-12 year old age group.  She qualified to event finals on beam (9.325) and floor with a season-high 9.425.  Kiera Little finished 11th overall in the 14 year old age group with a 34.9.  She qualified to event finals on beam (8.8) and floor with a season-high 9.45.  Naomi Schachter finished 16th overall in the 15 year old age group.  Her best event was 13th place on floor (8.45).

In the event finals Caroline Griffith became the World Champion on beam with a season-high 9.5.  She also finished 8th on floor with a 9.4.  Team mate Kiera Little brought home the silver medal on floor (9.325) and the bronze medal on beam with a season-high 9.05.

Bronze Team Finishes 8th in the World

Kayleigh Driscoll led the Summies by finishing 5th overall in the 11 year old age group with a 36.425.  She qualified to event finals on bars (9.0), beam (9.325) and floor (9.3).  Grace Bauman finished 10th overall in the 12 year old age group with a 35.75.  She qualified to event finals on bars (8.9), beam (8.9) and floor (9.2).  Emily Weisman finished 11th overall in the 9 year old age group with a 35.225.  She qualified to event finals on bars (8.45) and floor with a season-high 9.425.  Margaret Griffith finished 22nd in the 10 year old age group with a 34.575.  She finished 18th on beam with 8.925 and also had strong routines on floor (9.075) and vault (8.525).  Emma Arricale finished 52nd overall with a 32.00.  Her best event was floor where she posted a season-best 8.9.

In event finals, Kayleigh Driscoll finished 5th on bars (8.7) and 7th on both beam (9.15) and floor (9.25).  Grace Bauman finished 8th on bars (8.75), 12th on floor (9.1) and 16th on beam (8.0).  Emily won 6th place on floor (9.225) and 8th on bars (8.3).

Copper Athlete has Personal Best AA

The lone copper gymnast to compete at the World Championship was 9 year old Bryn Little.  She finished 36th overall with a season-best 33.975.  She also posted a season-high 8.75 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 2 to 5 days a week in the Connection's state-of-the-art facility.  Anyone interested in instructional, competitive gymnastics or summer gymnastics camp should call 908-273-4242 and ask for Tracy Burkholder, Director of Gymnastics.