Foothills gymnasts excel at Lucky Charm Invitational

Ten gymnasts from Foothills Gymnastics Academy (FGA) traveled to the Lucky Charm invitational in Concord on March 10 for competition and a good cause.

The meet director’s son has congenital heart disease, so the Lucky Charm Invitational encourages participates to dress up to encourage others suffering from congenital heart disease that there is a rainbow (hope) after the storm.

FGA sent three Xcel Bronze gymnasts – Genevieve Ard, Grace Baglia and Virginia Then. Ard achieved first on bars, fifth on vault, fifth on floor, seventh on beam and firth all around with 36.45. In Baglia’s first competition, she achieved third on floor, fifth on beam, seventh on bars, ninth on vault and eighth all-around with 35.70. Then earned sixth on bars, seventh on bream, eighth on vault, ninth on floor and ninth all around with 35.50. FGA’s Xcel Bronze team earned third place.

FGA sent four Xcel Silver gymnasts – Anna-Carlisle Keim, Caity Elledge, Zina Ishwar and Reeve Carroll. Elledge received first on floor, first on bars, tied for second on vault, fourth on beam and second all around with a 37.55. Carroll tied for second on floor, third on beam, tied for fourth on bar, fifth on vault and third all around. In addition, she earned a special medal from the floor judge for artistry.

Keim received second on the beam, tied for fourth on the bars, sixth on vault and floor and fourth all-around with a 36.45. Keim was awarded a special medal from the beam judge for most pointed toes in her beam routine. Ishwar won second on vault, third on bars, fourth on floor, sixth on beam and sixth all around. She also received a special medal from the beam judge for her artistry. The Xcel Silver team won the first place team award.

FGA sent three Xcel Gold gymnasts – Hurley Bell, Eliza Then and Jessica Sizemore. They won the first place Xcel Gold team award.

Bell received five gold medals including first on vault, first on bars, first on beam, first on floor and first all around with a 37.40. Then earned five silver medals with second on vault, second on bars, second on beam, second on floor and second all around with 36.45. Bell and Then each received special medals from the beam judge for their handstands on the beam.

Not only was this an exciting competition for Sizemore, as it was her first this season, but it also was her first meet in 17 years. Jessica competed on FGA’s first competitive team when it opened in 1995. She has worked extremely hard and her coach is very proud of her determination, persistence and progress.

Sizemore took home five gold medals with a first in vault, first in bars, first in beam, first in floor and first all around with a 35.00. She also received a special medal from the beam judge for her jumps. In addition, the beam judge complemented all three Xcel Gold gymnasts on their unique beam mounts, not just hopping on the beam.

FGA’s gymnasts are scheduled to compete March 30-31 at the North Carolina AAU state qualifier in Hickory.

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