YMCA gymnasts with Courtney Kupets

The Moultrie YMCA’s Level 4 team includes, front, from left, Marlie Daniels, Bethany Holman, Hayley Hamm, Tayte Braswell and Seaven Shorter; back, Brandalyn Fitz, former Olympic gymnast Courtney Kupets and Tyliyah Smith.

MOULTRIE — The Moultrie MG gymnastics team represented the Moultrie YMCA at the fifth Courtney Kupets Invitational in the Civic Center this past weekend in Savannah.

There were four meets running at the same time with more than 1,000 gymnasts participating. More than $15,000 from the meet will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness, which is the cause that Olympic gymnast Courtney Kupets raises funds for.

The level 3s started the weekend of competition. The level 3s placed fourth as a team with a score of 108.20.

Nyla Thompson led the team for the day by placing first on bars with a score of 9.0. Her 9.0 contributed to the teams score and was the only 9.0 received on bars for the team. She also placed fourth on beam with an 8.775 and fifth on floor with a 9.05.  Her beam and floor score also contributed to the team score. Thompson placed third in her group in the all-around with a score of 35.75.

Ashlyn Faucett was the second highest scoring level 3. She placed third on vault with a 9.325. She contributed to the team score on beam with an 8.575 and on floor scoring a 9.2. Her 9.2 placed her fifth in her group. Faucett finished 5th all-around with a score of 35.70.

Jacey Williams scored a 9.4 on vault, which landed her a second place finish and also contributed to the team score. She placed fifth on bars with an 8.85. Williams finished 9th all-around with a score of 35.425.

Tatum Salter placed second on vault with a team contributing score of 9.35. She also contributed on bars with an 8.6. Salter placed second on floor with a 9.175 and 7th all-around with a score of 35.125. Her 35.125 met the teams qualifying score of a 35.00 to move up to the next competitive level.

Madison Faircloth placed fourth on vault scoring an 8.9. Her 8.95 on bars contributed to the teams score and landed her a third place finish. Faircloth finished 6th in the all-around with a score of 34.675.

Eva Kirbo scored an 8.55 on beam, which contributed to the team score. Kirbo also scored an 8.75 on floor which was her highest score of the meet.

Paige Burnette scored a 9.075 on vault, which was her highest score of the day. Burnette finished 11th all-around with a score of 33.95.

Jamiah Bentley had a personal best on bars, beam, and floor. She scored an 8.7 on vault which was her highest score of the day. Bentley finished 12th all-around in her group with a personal best of 33.875.

Christina Cox placed third on vault with an 8.95 and fifth on floor with an 8.95. Cox finished ninth with an all-around score of 33.70.

Brooklyn James scored an 8.85 on floor which was her highest score of the day. She placed 10th all-around with a score of 33.575.

Morgaine Leroux placed fifth on vault with a 9.025. Her 9.025 was her highest score of the day. Leroux finished 9th with a score of 33.125.

Jaylee Williams score a 9.0 on vault which was her highest score of the day. Williams finished 13th with an all-around score of 33.1.

Ellery McBryde tied for third on vault with a score of 9.15. Her 9.15 was her highest score of the meet. McBryde finished 10th all-around with a score of 32.875.

Ava White, level 5, also competed in the session with the level 3s. She scored an 8.25 on vault which was her highest score of the day and finished with an all-around score of 31.225.

The level 4 team competed Friday night and finished 9th out of 15 as a team with a score of 106.5.

Tyliyah Smith led her team for the day. She contributed to the team score on vault scoring a 9.05 which landed her a third place finish. She also contributed on bars with a personal best score of 8.95 and on floor with a score of 9.075. Her 8.95 on bars and 9.075 on floor placed her sixth in her group. Smith finished 6th in her all-around with a score of 35.75.

Seaven Shorter was the second highest scoring level 4 and finished 8th all-around with a personal best of 35.725, a mere .05 behind Smith. She contributed to the team score on every event and was the only level 4 to do this. Shorter placed 7th on bars with a score of 9.0, tied for 6th on beam with a score of 9.175, and 10th on vault with an 8.55.

Tayte Braswell had personal bests on vault, bars, and beam. She tied of 10th on beam with a 9.025 and placed 7th on vault with an 8.55. Her 9.025 and 8.55 contributed to the team score. She also placed 11th on bars with an 8.75, which also contributed to the team score. Braswell finished 14th all-around with a personal best score of 34.775.

Brandalyn Fitz contributed to the team score on bars with a score of 8.75. Her 8.75 was a personal best and placed her 11th in her group. Fitz finished with the meet with a 33.45 all-around.

Hayley Hamm scored an 8.474 on beam which was her highest score of the day. Hamm finished the meet with an all-around score of 33.175.

Bethany Holman had a personal best on beam with a score of 8.825 and on floor with an 8.25. Holman finished the meet with a personal best all-around score of 32.025.

Marlie Daniels had a personal best on bars scoring an 8.1. Daniels finished the meet with an all-around score of 31.75. “During the two practices we had the week prior to the meet, we really focused on casts and swings on bars,” aaid coach Dawn Harvell. “Many of the girls improved in their bar score and that was really exciting to see.”

The level 9 optional team competed in the Saturday afternoon session. The level 9s placed 5th as a team with a score of 99.725.

Evelyn Fagan was the highest scoring level 9 for the team. She broke a personal record on vault scoring a 9.025 and on beam scoring a 9.075, which placed her third in her group. Her vault and beam score contributed to the teams fifth place finish. Fagan placed 6th on floor with an 8.7 and finished 8th all-around with a personal best score of 32.95.

Jordan Yates was the second highest scoring level 9 placing 6th on vault with a score of 9.1 and fourth on beam with a score of 8.925, both scores contributing to the team. Her beam and vault score were also personal bests. Yates finished 9th with an all-around score of 32.90, a mere .05 tenths of a point behind Fagan.

Sammie Phillips placed fifth on vault with a team contributing score of an 8.8, which was her highest score of the meet. She also placed 6th on floor with a score of 8.7. Phillips placed 8th all-around with a score of 32.125.

Timia Fowler contributed to the team score on both her events, bars and beam. She scored the highest score of a 7.175 on bars for the team. Fowler placed fourth on beam with a score of 8.875.

“We had our best overall meet of the season,” S

said coach Allen Harden. “The girls are making improvements each meet and we hope to continue the success into the state meets and Y Nationals.”

Sterlyn Austin, level 10, competed in the following session. She placed fifth on vault with a score of 9.2, on beam with an 8.3, and on floor with a 9.175. She also placed third on bars with a score of 8.65. Austin finished the meet in fourth place with an all-around score of 35.325.

“There were 10 personal best scores posted by the level 9 team and Sterlyn in level 10,” said coach Bob Swadel. “I was very happy to see Evelyn Fagan make her Y Nationals qualifying score. We hope to have Timia Fowler ready to compete all-around at our home meet. She is coming back from her second ACL surgery and has done well on beam and bars.”

Mackenzie Yates competed in the final session of the weekend for the MGs for level 6. She placed 11th on vault with a score of 8.9, which was her highest score of the meet. She also scored an 8.475 on beam and an 8.3 on floor. Yates finished the meet with an all-around score of 33.30.

“Mackenzie’s floor performance was a lot better from the last meet,” said coach Bria Blakely. “It was good to see her get into the choreography and her jumps and leaps in the meet looked great as well.” “She is our first and only level 6 right now so the coaches are figuring out meet to meet exactly what she needs to succeed, and she has done an excellent job with the changes we have made.”

A few of the MGs will compete in their USA state meet coming up on March 20, in Suwanee. The meet will host levels 6, 9 and 10.

The MG parents club is preparing for the home meet, the Red, White and You Invitational, to be held on April 11.

 

 

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