Four DEFY Gymnasts Place First All-around

first_imgOLD TOWN — Four young gymnasts were judged best all-around in their divisions and eight others on the Down East Family YMCA girls’ team won first place awards in competition on Sunday.In all, 30 DEFY gymnasts took to the mat in Levels 4 through 8 in their first meet of the season.For six of the youngsters, who train at Springers’ Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth, it was their iirst meet ever.“We see the kids get really nervous right before the first meet,” said coach Doug Springer, “but we always try to remind them that we want them to do three things: try their hardest, show a little improvement and have fun.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSeveral of the gymnasts reached their qualifying scores to compete in the Northeast Regional YMCA Championships in mid-May at Waterville.The scores are different for the levels, said Springer, and gymnasts must attain qualifying scores at least twice to be eligible.Qualifying so far are Katherine McKee and Olivia Robidoux at Level 4 and Hailey McCabe at Level 5.Named first place all-around gymnasts on Sunday were Paige Sawyer, Tess Williamson, Mary Lou Ross and Robin Nicholson.Competing in ages 6-7 at Level 4, Paige was first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault.Also at Level 4 for age 9, Tess was first on beam and second on vault bars and floor.In the Prep Optional division, Mary Lou was first on vault, beam and floor and second on bars at the intermediate level, and Robin was first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault at the advanced junior level.Four DEFY gymnasts also placed first in at least one event and second as all-around gymnasts.Level 4, age 9: Chloe Politte was first on bars, third on vault, fourth on beam and floor.Prep Optional intermediate: Kassidy Robidoux was first on bars and second on vault, beam and floor.Prep Optional advanced senior: Alicia Allen was first on vault and second on bars, beam and floor.Level 7, ages 14-16: Taylor Wardwell was first on floor and second on vault, bars and beam.Other gymnasts who placed first in at least one event were:Level 4, age 9: Maddie Nida on floor. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Level 8, ages 14-16: Ellie Mason, first on vault. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Level 5, age 11: Madison Thornton on beam. admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Level 5, ages 12-13: Taylor Wright on vault. Latest Posts Bio For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Level 5, age 10: Hanna Chamberlain on floor.last_img read more