Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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December 15, 2012

Sumter County gymnasts compete in Jingle Jam

THOMASTON — On December 8th, the 2012 gymnasts from the Sumter County Gymnastics Academy traveled to Thomaston, Ga. to compete in Extreme Gymnastics Jingle Jam meet for the first full meet of the season for SCGA.

With an impressive performance, the Level 2 team brought home a fourth place finish in their first full meet. Kaia Maclennan scored a 9.125 on balance beam for a third place finish, Kursten Dutcher finished second on bars with a 9.0, Mia Mixon finished third on bars with an 8.85, Myer Bernstin placed first on vault with an 8.75, and Ella Arnold earned an 8.5 on balance beam for an eighth place finish.

The Level 3 gymnasts also placed fourth as a team. Madison Ingram finished fourth on balance beam with a 9.0 and Halle Crenshaw finished fifth on balance bean with an 8.9. Sophie Waldrop scored an 8.6 on bars to take third place, and Jaelyn Wynn scored an 8.6 on vault for a third place finish.

The gymnasts in the Prep Optional 1 group brought home a first place finish. Candice Wiggins placed first on bars with an 8.85 and Gracie Bush scored an 8.4 on balance beam to finish first as well. Miranda Green placed second on balance beam  with an 8.25 and Savanna Goodin also placed second on vault with an 8.05.

The Prep Optional 2 gymnasts also brought home the win with a first place finish. Brittany Eason scored a 9.15 on vault for a first place finish and a 9.1 on floor for a  third place finish. Perri DeVane finished second on bars with an 8.9, Melinda Busman scored an 8.725 on floor for a fourth place finish and Lauren Holloway finished second on balance beam with an 8.4. Sarah Murphy scored an 8.25 on both vault and floor for second place finishes on both, and Emma Griffin placed fourth on balance beam with an 8.25.

Hailey Howard competed as a Prep Optional Beginner and placed first on bars with a 9.0.

Two Level 4 gymnasts also competed. Passion Thomas scored an 8.75 on bars for third place, and Madison Smith places an 8.65 on vault for a first place finish.

This was the first full meet of the season for all levels. However, some gymnasts in Levels 2 and 3 had competed in two meets prior to the Jingle Jam.

In September, two Level 3 gymnasts competed in Thomasville Ga. Jadie Burrell scored a 9.15 on vault, beam, and floor for first place on all events and Georgia Torbert scored a 9.15 on beam for first as well.

In October, five gymnasts traveled to Macon, Ga. to compete at The Gym Nest. Three Level 2 gymnasts competed at this meet. Sophie Waldrop scored a 9.35 on balance beam for first place, Kursten Dutcher placed third on bars with an 8.9, and Madalyn Strickland scored an 8.85 on beam and floor for second place. Two level 3 gymnasts also competed. Georgia Torbert placed first on bars with a 9.1, and Jadie Burrell  scored an 9.075 on vault for first place.

“We are so proud of all our gymnasts,” said coach Melissa Singley. “Many of our gymnasts are new to SCGA team or have been learning new routines and have worked incredibly hard. We can’t wait to see how much these girls grow over the course of the season this year and what scores they put up. They have potential to earn some very high scores and we’re excited to see what happens.”

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