Eliza Then

Foothills Gymnastics Academy team members brought home 29 medals, including 14 gold medals, from the North Carolina AAU State Championship meet held April 26-27 in Rocky Mount.

FGA coaches returned home proud of the team’s strong performances at the meet against very tough competition. FGA gymnasts also earned six silver Medals and nine bronze medals.

Four team members finished as all-around state champions in their divisions – Genevieve Ard, Jill Brown, Zina Iswar and Jessica Sizemore.

Vault state champions include Jill Brown and Jessica Sizemore. Bar state champions include Genevieve Ard, Hurley Bell and Jessica Sizemore. Beam state champions include Caity Elledge, Zina Iswar and Jessica Sizemore. Floor state champions include Genevieve Ard and Jessica Sizemore.

An all around silver medal was earned by Hurley Bell as well as a silver medal for vault for Zina Iswar, silver medal for bars for Grace Baglia, silver medal for Jill Brown and Eliza Then for beam and silver medal for floor for Jill Brown.

Jill Brown, Virgina Then and Anna-Carlisle Keim earned a bronze medal for bars. Virginia Then earned a bronze medal for vault and floor. Hurley Bell and Reeve Carroll earned a bronze medal for beam.

Elledge, Carroll and Brown achieved their highest all around score this season of a 38.00 or higher out of 40.00 possible – Elledge, 38.675′ Brown, 38.20; and Carroll, 38.00. In addition, Elledge’s first place on the beam came with a score of 9.8. It was not only her highest beam score during her Xcel Silver level competitions, but it was the highest score for all levels competing at the state invitational.

Despite competing against 20 other teams and some teams including 35 gymnasts, FGA’s Silver gymnasts brought home fifth place in the team competition with only four gymnasts and they were only three-tenths of a point from third place.

FGA coaches congratulate these gymnasts and look forward to their contribution for Team North Carolina at the 2019 AAU Southeast Regionals on May 18.