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Summies Generate All-Around Champions at March Madness Invitational

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The Summit Summies Gymnastics Team from The Connection for Women & Families sent 47 gymnasts to the March Madness Invitational at Top Flight Gymnastics Academy in Millington, New Jersey on Sunday March 4th and came away with six All-Around Champions and dozens of season high scores. 

Copper Team Sweeps All-Around Awards- Again

In the 7-8 year old age group, Catherine Singow was the meet champion with a 36.75.  She won the vault (9.6), bars (8.75) and floor (9.5).  Emily Weisman finished 2nd overall with a 35.8.  She finished second on beam (9.3) and third on floor (9.3).  Sophia Schachne finished 5th overall with a 35.25.  She also finished 2nd on vault (9.55) and 5th on floor (9.0).  Ellie Griffith finished 6th in the all-around with a 34.45.  She finished 2nd on beam (9.25) and 3rd on vault (9.45).  Sofie Wisniewski finished 7th in the all-around with a 34.3.  Her best events were vault (9.2) and beam (8.9).

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In the 9 year old age group, Emma Claus was the meet champion with a career-high 36.55.  She finished 2nd on both bars (8.9) and beam (9.35) and 6th on floor (9.0).  Miranda Borra finished 3rd overall with a 36.35.  She won the beam (9.4) and finished 3rd on both bars (8.8) and floor (9.1).  Margaret Griffith finished 4th in the all-around with a 36.1.  She won 4th place on both beam (9.0) and floor (9.1).  Isabel Claus finished 5th overall with a 36.0.  She won the vault with a meet high score of 9.8 and won 5th on beam (8.95).  Murphy Degen finished 7th overall with a 35.6.  She won bars (9.1) and also scored well on vault (9.15).  Hope Pierotti finished 8th in the all-around with a 35.45.  She finished 4th on bars (8.8) and 7th on floor (9.0).  Charlotte Girouard finished 9th overall with a 35.3.  She won 6th place on bars (8.7) and 8th on floor (9.0).  Dana Efron finished 10th overall with a 35.2.  She won 7th on bars (8.7) and 8th on beam (8.7).  Katya Wardle finished 12th overall with a 34.65.  Her best event was vault (9.35) where she won 7th place.

In the 10 and over age group, Julie Phipps was the meet champion with a 37.0.  She also won the bars (9.0), beam (9.35) and placed second on floor (9.05).  Anna Forrest finished 3rd overall with a 35.7.  She finished second on vault (9.8) and beam (9.3).  Ruby Hodges finished 4th overall with a 35.35.  She finished 4th on bars (8.4) and beam (8.7) and 5th on floor (8.9).  Luci Borra finished 5th overall with a 35.35.  She won 3rd place on bars (8.5) and beam (8.9).  Hailey Bernstein finished 9th overall with a 33.85.  She won 6th place on beam (8.5).

Bronze Team Crowns Another All-Around Champ

In the 10 year old age group, the Summies Bronze team was led by Kayleigh Driscoll who won with a 35.85.  She also won bars (8.75) and floor (9.55) and came in 2nd on beam (9.15).  Sofia Confalonieri, finished 3rd with a 33.45.  She won 2nd on floor (9.25) and 7th on beam (8.2).  Essie Pasternak finished 6th overall with a 33.00.  She won 2nd on vault (8.8) and 5th on beam (8.5).  Julia Ippolito finished 8th overall with a 32.65.  She won 7th on vault (8.2) and 6th on floor (8.9).  Isabella Leonard finished 11th overall with a 31.55.  She won 8th on vault (8.2) and 3rd on floor (9.15).  Jane Wagner competed as an event specialist.  Her best event was floor (8.6).   Allison Lee also competed as an event specialist.  Her best event was floor (8.1) where she finished 5th.

In the 11 year old age-group, the Summies were led by Tess Ostroff who finished 2nd with a 35.6.  She won 1st on beam (9.35), 3rd on floor (9.4) and 4th on bars (8.35).  Devon Degen finished 3rd overall with a 34.85.  She won 2nd on beam (9.1) and 6th on vault (8.6) and bars (8.25).  Grace Bauman finished 4th overall with a 34.65.  She won 2nd on both bars (9.3) and floor (9.45).  Julia Chandonnet finished 6th overall with a 34.00.  She won floor (9.25) and finished 5th on beam (8.75). 

Silver Team Crowns Two All Around Champs

The Summies Silver team was again led by 12 year old MaryKaylee Speck who finished 1st in the 12 year old age group with a 36.85.  She won bars (9.3), beam (9.0) and floor (9.45) and finished 2nd in vault (9.1).  Cassie Ippolito finished 4th overall with a 34.1.  Her best events were vault (8.7) and floor (8.9).  Ginny Collins finished 5th overall with a 33.95.  She finished 2nd on floor (9.1) and 3rd on vault (8.65). 

In the 13-14 year old age group, Kiera Little was the meet champion with a career-high 36.8.  She won both beam (9.25) and floor (9.3) and finished 3rd on both vault (9.25) and bars (9.0).  Emily Donohue finished 3rd overall with a 36.1.  She finished 2nd on bars (9.15), beam (8.8) and floor (9.25).  Stella Spotts finished 4th overall with a 35.15.  She won 2nd place on vault (9.4), 3rd place on floor (9.2) and 4th place on bars (8.5).  Kaitlin Stewart finished 7th overall with a 33.2.  Her best events were vault (8.6) and floor (8.7).  Naomi Schachter finished 9th overall with a 33.2.  She won 5th on vault (8.9) and 4th on bars (8.8).

In the 11 year old age-group, Claire Murdock finished 3rd overall with a 35.25.  She won vault (9.35) and floor (9.4) and finished 4th on both bars (8.2) and beam (8.3).  Anna Bowyer finished 5th overall with a 34.05.  She finished 2nd on beam (8.65) and 3rd on floor (9.1).  Anna Griffith finished 7th overall with a 32.6.  She won 5th place on vault (9.2).  Emily Vinick finished 5th in the 8-10 year old age group with a 31.5.  Her best events were vault (8.3) and floor (8.3).

Gold Team Finishes Third Overall

Summies' Alysia Lopez led the Gold team winning 2nd place overall in the 8-12 year old age group with a 35.00.  She won 3rd place on vault (8.5), bars (8.9) and floor (8.85).  Abby Claus finished 5th overall with a 33.95.  She won the floor (9.05) and finished 2nd on beam (9.2).  Noa Efron finished 3rd in the 13-14 year old age group with a 31.5.  She won 2nd on floor (8.5) and 3rd on bars (7.1).

In the 15 and over age group, Callie DePhillips finished 4th overall with a 32.7.  She won 4th place on bars with a 7.7 and had a season-high floor (8.7).  Allison Horne competed for the Summies as an event specialist on vault (8.25) and floor (8.9) where she won 2nd place with a new routine she choreographed herself.

The Summies will compete two more times in March as they prepare for the State Championship to be held in Wildwood, New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend.

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.

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