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Sumter County gymnasts turn in stellar performances at Shamrock Invitational

AMERICUS – The Sumter County gymnastics team turned in an outstanding performance at the annual Shamrock Invitational Gymnastics Meet held at The Columns at Boone Park on Saturday, March 2.

“The Sumter gymnastics team had some really good moments at the meet,” SC head coach Melissa Singley said. “We had many gymnasts set personal bests in their scores and achieve personal goals on their events. We are still perfecting skills and routines as we prepare for the state meet in May. I was very proud of the sportsmanship and team unity these girls showed as they cheered for their teammates throughout the day. This event would not be possible without the help from parent volunteers and my wonderful coaches who really step up when they are needed. It really is a team effort and I have a great team that coaches with me.”

There were five SC gymnasts who finished in first place in the All-Around competition. In the Bronze Junior C Division, Emilyn Sizemore won the All-Around competition with a total score of 37.5. Sizemore finished in first place on the vault with a score of 9.5. She was second on the bars with a 9.35 score and she finished in second place in the Beam competition with a score of 9.3. Rounding out her scoring, Sizemore also finished in first place in the floor exercise competition with a score of 9.35.

Ali Garcia finished in first place in the All-Around competition with a score of 36.2. Garcia, who competed in the Bronze Senior B Division, finished second on the vault (9.25), third on the bars (8.95), second on the beam (9.2) and third in the floor exercise (8.8).

In the Gold Junior Division, Angel Cobb finished first in the All-Around with a score of 36.775. Cobb finished in second place in the vault and the bars competition with scores of 9.05 and 9.0 respectively. She finished in first place on both the beam competition and floor exercise with scores of 9.425 and 9.3 respectively.

Sumter County gymnast Taylor Rush competing in the vault competition at last Saturday’s Shamrock Invitational. Rush finished in fifth place in the vault competition and third place in the floor exercise.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Madison Ingram also finished in first place in the All-Around competition with a score of 35.825. Ingram, who competed in the Gold Senior Division, finished first in the vault (9.45), bars (9.25) and floor competition (9.25). Ingram also finished in fifth place in the beam competition with a score of 7.875.

Mia Mixon also finished first in the All-Around with a score of 35.2. Mixon finished first in the vault competition (9.3), first in the bars competition (8.05), second in the beam competition (8.6) and first in the floor exercise (9.25).

Wimberly Hines also had an excellent showing for Sumter gymnastics. Hines finished in first place on the beam with a score of 9.25 and finished in second place in every other category, including the All-Around.

In the Bronze Junior A Division, Neal Smith finished fourth in the All-Around with a score of 34.825, but finished in first place on the beam with a score of 9.0. Smith also finished in fourth place in the vault and floor exercise competitions with scores of 9.0 and 8.55 respectively. Torri Beckett, competing in the Bronze Junior B Division, finished in third place in the All-Around competition with a score of 36.425. Beckett finished in second place in the beam competition with a score of 9.275 and finished in third place in the floor exercise with a score of 9.2. She finished in fifth place on the vault (8.85) and fourth place on the bars (9.1).

Sumter County gymnast Torri Becket, competing in the Bronze Junior B Division, finished in second place in the beam competition at the Shamrock Invitational.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Also in the Gold Junior Division, Taylor Rush finished in third place in the floor exercise with a score of 9.1. Rush finished in fifth place on the vault (8.6) and sixth place on the bars (7.775). Rush finished in sixth place on the beam (7.075) and finished in sixth place in the All-Around with a score of 32.55.

Competing in the Gold Senior Division, Susannah Pearce finished in second place in the All-Around with a score of 34.5. Pearce finished in third place on the vault (8.8), second place on the bars (9.15), fourth place on the beam (7.9) and fifth place in the floor exercise (8.65).

Sumter County gymnast Kynslee Collins competing on the beam. Collins, who competed in the Silver Junior A Division, finished in second place on the beam with a score of 9.325 at the Shamrock Invitational.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

Kynslee Collins, who competed in the Silver Junior A Division, had a solid performance. Collins finished in second place in the beam competition with a score of 9.325. She also finished in third place in both the vault and bars competitions with scores of 8.95 and 9.05 respectively.

Overall, it was an excellent performance by the Sumter County gymnastics team at this year’s Shamrock Invitational.