MOULTRIE -- The Moultrie YMCA's level 4 gymnastics team placed third in the recent Dream Believers Classic Meet in Tifton.

Brooke Robinson led the team by scoring her own, and her team's, top all around score of 35.775.

"Brooke had a great meet," coach Pat Murphy said. "She also broke the level 4 uneven bars score record, scoring 9.1 for second place in her age group.

"Brooke is really becoming a strong bar worker."

Robinson also scored a 9.175 on vault for third, an 8.6 on beam for second, and 8.9 on floor for third and was second all around.

She will move up to the next level at the May meet.

Susannah Harvell also scored her highest all around this year, a 34.45 for fifth place.

"Susannah has really worked on her form and grace at practice," said coach Patti Merritt.

Her two strongest events were vault, in which she scored a 9.3 for fifth place, and floor, in which she scored an 8.6 for third. She also was third on beam with an 8.45 an fifth on bars with an 8.1.

She will move up to level 5 for the next YMCA meet.

Older sister Heather Harvell had the team's top score on vault, a 9.525 for first place. The score was her personal record in the 12-year-old age group.

"What a great vault," Merritt said. "It went over my head."

She also had a strong floor exercise, with an 8.05 for fourth place.

Meghan Merritt, daughter of coach Patti Merritt, competed in her first level 6 meet and performed several new skills.

Her floor was outstanding, earning an 8.45 for second place. She had a strong vault, scoring 8.8, was fourth on bars with a 7.7 and had one fall on beam and earned a 7.425. Her all around score was 32.375 for fourth place.

Merritt will be promoted to USA level 7 at the next competition.

"She really has worked hard this season," Murphy said.

Kambria Blakely, who, along with Merritt, qualified for YMCA Nationals at the last meet, used a new skill on the uneven bars.

She performed a giant, a 360-degree circling move in the handstand position, which improved her score. She earned an 8.1 for fourth place.

Noting the Blakely was "kind of nervous" watching the level 7 competition, Murphy said the young gymnast "learned that with more practice her confidence will overcome her fear."

The meet was just the second for Blakely at level 7. She had a clean floor routine, earning a 9.05 for third and a good vault, which scored an 8.975 for third.

The next meet the Moultrie YMCA gymnasts will attend will be on March 26 at No Limitz, the new gymnasium in Albany.

Levels 3, 4, 5 and 7 gymnasts will compete.

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