MOULTRIE — The Moultrie YMCA traveled to the Sweet Onion Classic Gymnastics Meet in the city that invented them, Vidalia.

“This is always a fun spring warm up meet for the girls. It is usually a good time for our new team girls and it gives them a chance to compete, for they will in our own gym in May,” said Coach Pat Murphy.

“Dawn Harvell coached with me at the meet and Wendy Scites went to the Athens meet with her daughter. "Coach Dawn has really stepped up to learning this sport. She does a wonderful job with all the girls.”

It was the first level 3 meet for Lauren Coop who earned a 30.05 all around, Meg Croft, a 31.45 AA, Sydney Lamberth, a 32.075 AA and Jordan Penuel, a 28.45 AA. "All of them performed really well for their first meet." said Coach Harvell.

“We saw several other teams from the Savannah and Statesboro area. Of course the strongest team was Vidalia, last year's state champion at level 3, 4 and 7. It gives our team a chance to see top notch gymnasts so they can become more competitive,” Murphy said. “It’s a good learning experience.”

The level 3 team was led by Anna Williams scoring a personal best, a 35.4 in the all around.

“Anna had a beautiful floor routine, hitting every position,” said Murphy. Williams scored two nines for the level 3 team, 9.1on floor, 4th place and 9.0 on vault. She also placed 4th on bars, 8.95.

“Anna had lots on height on her vault. I knew it would get a nine,” said Coach Dawn Harvell.

Heather Grace Dunn was our team's next high scorer with a 34.525 in for 10th place in the 9-year-old group.

“Heather Grace had a tight bar routine,” said Murphy.

Dunn placed 7th on bars, 8.925 and 8.7 on floor, both personal bests.

In the 7-year-old age group, Taylor McCord improving on two events, floor 8.375 and AA 34.0 led the division.

Sarah Harrell was right behind her scoring 33.85 AA. Harrell's best event was vault and beam, 8.55 and counting for team score.

Kelliann Howell earned two bests on the beam, 8.65, counting for team score and an 8.2 on the floor.

Howell scored 32.25 in the AA for 8-year-old age division. In the same division was newcomer Sydney Lamberth who scored an 8.425 on vault that counted towards the team score.

“Sydney's vault was nice and high,” said Murphy.

The AAU level 4 improved their team score over 3 points from the Tifton meet earning a 104.275.

“It was so exciting to see almost everyone get a nine on the floor. Rachel Dampier has been working hard on the girl’s routines. I was very proud,” said Coach Murphy.

Leah Grace Wiggins brought in a 4th place on beam, 8.35, on floor, 9.325 and AA 34.725.

“LG, her nickname, had a wonderful meet. She performed strong on all of her events, breaking the floor team record for a few minutes with a 9.325,” said Coach Murphy.

Wiggins had all events as personal bests.

Lakyn Davis tumbled to earn the new floor team record with a 9.4 to place 1st in the 12 year old group.

“Lakyn always shows perfect toe point when she performs,” said Coach Murphy.

In the same group, Anna Hartley also earned a 9.2 on the floor for 2nd, 1st on vault, 8.5 and bars, 8.9.

The next best AA gymnast in the 11-year-old group was Kristina Scott, who also had a personal best on 2 events, the floor with a 9.1, beam 8.0, and AA 33.25 all for 4th place.

“Kristina had a strong meet, making her cartwheel on the beam. She was very happy,” said Murphy.

Emily Whidby started the team’s floor competition earning her first nine on the floor, 9.1, 5th and had her best AA 33.0.

Savana Robertson placed 2nd on vault, 8.75, bars 8.75 and AA 33.0 in the 10 year old group.

Robertson had her best floor for 3rd place, 8.75.

Only part of the USA level 5 team could attend the meet and we still had our best team score of the season to finish 2nd place to the Vidalia Springers.

Sidney Cokely broke the team record on the uneven bars scoring a 9.1. “Her swings on the high bar were perfect, thanks to Coach Wendy Scites. Sidney was so excited when she saw her score,” said Harvell.

Cokely placed 1st on bars and 4th AA with a 32.0.

Timia Fowler won the all around with a 35.25 in the junior division.

Fowler also had a best on the bars, 8.75 for 1st on beam 8.7 for 1st and on floor 9.25 for 2nd. Her scores counted on all events for our team score.

Kaydee Phillips in the senior division placed 1st on bars, 8.75 and 2nd on vault, 8.25 beam, 8.35 floor, 9.05 and AA 34.4.

“Kaydee scored her first nine ever and was so proud. She has worked really hard practice to get that score,” said Murphy.

“Now she will get a rose at the team banquet.”

Phillips had two of her personal bests on the floor and AA.

In the same age group was Amber Ross who also had 2 bests on bars, 7.8 and floor, 8.65.

The youngest junior was Jordan Yates who earned a 1st on vault, 8.55, 2nd on bars 7.9, floor 9.025 and AA 33.375 plus 3rd on beam, 7.9.

“Jordan had the meet of her life, making correction after correction. She looked really good,” said Harvell.

The USA level 7 had a big challenge watching last year’s state champs in their squad.

“We were up for it, trying to make giants on the uneven bar,” said Murphy.

“It is a major skill needed to move up to be competitive with all other gymnasts.”

Betsy Booth and Hayley Trouille were trying it for the first time.

“Both gymnasts made them in warm ups and only Hayley made it in the meet,”

Hayley led the team with a 35.925 AA for 2nd place in the senior age group.

Trouille also placed 2nd on bars, 8.65 on beam, 9.1 and 3rd on floor, 9.475.

“Hayley was happy to break her team floor record by a tenth of a point. Her flexibility is outstanding,” said Murphy.

Teammate Betsy Booth had a tough meet not making the bar skill.

Booth's highest event was on the floor, 8.65.

Susannah Harvell earned 3 of her best scores of the season on beam, 8.75 4th, on floor 8.75 and AA 33.95 5th.

“Susannah is starting to understand what the judges see with her perform. She really tries to improve at practice so it will carry over at a meet,” said Murphy.

Sammie Phillips had 4 bests in her second meet. Phillips placed 5th on bars, 8.0, 4th on floor 9.15 and her best AA 33.05.

"Our parents club is preparing for our meet on May 3. They are honored to be hosting a home competition again,” said Coach Murphy. “Everyone in town needs to come and watch.”



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