Caity Elledge

Nine members of Foothills Gymnastics Academy spent March 1-2 competing in the Coastal Classic Invitational in Myrtle Beach.

FGA coaches were amazed by performances of the Xcel Bronze gymnasts (Genevieve Ard, Jillian Brown and Virginia Then). The Coastal Classic represented the first competition for Brown and Then and the second for Ard. Some of the highlights for FGA’s Xcel Bronze gymnasts included:

Brown earned first all-around with a score of 37.925, including a first on vault with a high 9.7, second on beam with a 9.4, second on floor with a 9.4 and third on bars with a 9.425. Jill received the Coastal Queen trophy due to having the highest all-around score out of all age groups.

Ard earned fourth on bars with a 9.35, fourth on beam with a 9.1, fifth on floor with a 9.05 and a 9.125 on vault for fourth all-around with a score of 36.625.

Then achieved fourth on vault with a 9.3, a 9.05 on bars, 8.85 on floor and 36.10 all-around.

Despite having the smallest team competing with only three gymnasts, FGA placed fourth out of 13th teams.

The FGA Xcel Silver gymnasts (Anna-Carlisle Keim, Caity Elledge, Zina Ishwar and Reeve Carroll) faced some tough competition with gymnasts from more than 15 states at the invitational. Some highlights included:

Carroll brought home four gold medals. She achieved first on bars with a 9.5, first on beam with a 9.65, first on floor with a 9.3, second on vault with a 9.35 and first all-around with a 37.80.

Elledge achieved third on beam with a 9.5, fourth on bars with 9.525, a 9.275 on floor and tied for third all-around with a 37.425.

Ishwar recently upgraded her beam routine to incorporate a more challenging element of a back walkover and was able to achieve a 9.3. She also earned second on bars with a 9.45, a 9.0 on floor and fifth all-around with a 36.675.

Keim received second with a 9.35 on beam, fourth on bars with a 9.4, an 8.975 on floor and an all-around of 36.60.

FGA’s Xcel Silver team was smaller than many other teams but earned fourth place.

FGA sent two Xcel Gold gymnasts (Eliza Then and Hurley Bell) to the Coastal Classic. Despite some tough competition and critical judging, their coaches are proud of their performances.

Bell performed a strong vault and won first place with a 9.20. She also received second on bars with a 9.475, third on beam with a 9.275 and second all-around with 37.15.

Then incorporated a handstand on the bars for the first time and the judges told her that they are “proud of her for going for it”. She received 8.9 on the beam and fourth on vault with a 9.075.