New team has solid debut for Foothills Gymnastics Academy

Foothills Gymnastics Academy gymnasts participated in the Furman Classic on Friday at Furman University.

Anna Bucher, Kendall Medina, Aria Springs, Alia Vorbe and Emma Whitehurst represented FGA at the AAU Xcel bronze level. Genevieve Ard, ScottLynn Whiteside and Kylie Whitinger participated at the AAU Xcel Gold level. Sherlyn Trejo competed at the AAU Xcel Platinum level.

For the first competition for FGA’s Bronze team, the group put forth a strong effort:

  • Medina earned 35.425 all around from her 9.2 on balance beam, 9.0 on vault and 8.95 on bars
  • Bucher achieved 34.8 all-around from her 8.85 on balance beam, 8.8 on bars and 8.7 on vault
  • Vorbe received 34.725 all-around from her 9.25 beam, 8.55 floor and 8.525 vault
  • Whitehurst earned 34.425 all-around from her 4th place on balance beam with 9.375, 8.8 on floor and 8.55 on bar
  • Springs achieved 31.8 all around from her 8.85 on balance beam, 7.95 on vault and 7.95 on floor

FGA’s coaches were proud of how members of the bronze team overcame their nerves and supported each other.

As far as FGA’s Gold team:

  • Ard earned first all-around within her division with her 36.575 all-around from her first on bars with 9.475, 9.175 on floor, 9.05 on beam and third on vault. She raised her all-around score by .375, as well as improving her vault, bar and floor scores.
  • Since the last competition, Whiteside moved up to the Gold team and her scores proved why. She achieved second all-around in her division with her score of 35.875 from her first on beam with 9.375, 9.25 on bars, and 8.825 on vault.
  • Whitinger earned 35.35 all-around from her second place 9.3 on bars, her 8.85 on floor, 8.675 on vault and 8.525 on beam. She raised her all-around score by more than two points as well as improved her floor, vault, bar and beam scores.

FGA’s Xcel Gold team earned a third place team award. FGA coaches are proud of all the growth the Gold gymnasts have demonstrated.

For Xcel Platinum, Trejo earned first place all-around in her division with 35.525 from her first on floor with 9.15, first on vault with 8.95 and third on beam with 8.875.

The gymnasts will compete next on January 28 at the Light it Up Competition in Salisbury.

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