SGA Silver team members (photo courtesy SGA)

Sizemore Academy gymnasts shine at AAU West Qualifier

Sizemore Gymnastics Academy had a large group of gymnasts compete Dec. 10 in the North Carolina AAU West 1st Qualifier in Fletcher.

Neysah Engle, Collins Kerr, Irie Marlow-Halterman and Josephine Wallace represented SGA at the AAU Xcel Bronze level. Kendall Medina, Hadley Pereira, Aria Springs, Alia Vorbe and Emma Whitehurst represented SGA at the AAU Xcel Silver level. Genevieve Ard and ScottLynn Whiteside participated at the AAU Xcel Gold level, with Sherlyn Trejo and Kylie Whitinger competing at the AAU Xcel Platinum level.

SGA Bronze: Engle raised her all-around score almost a full point to 36.25 from her second on vault with 9.3, 9.1 on bars & 9.05 on beam. Though it was Kerr’s first competition, she earned first in her division with 34.8 from her 9.2 on bars, first on vault and third on floor.

Marlow-Halterman raised her all-around score 1.75 points to 34.975 by improving her bar score three-tenths to 9.1 to tie for second, as well as increasing her beam score by more than eight-tenths to 9.025 and her floor score more than six-tenths to tie for fourth place. Wallace raised her all-around to 35.7 by tying for first place on bars with 9.45 and raising her beam score to 8.9.

SGA coaches were proud of the Bronze team bringing home their first team banner.

SGA Silver: Medina raised her all-around by more than a half-point to 34.25 by increasing her beam score 1.1 points to 9.0. Pereira improved her all-around to 35.35 from earning 9.25 on beam, her highest this season by almost two-tenths, as well as achieving her highest vault score of 9.2 for third on vault.

Springs earned an all-around of 34.45, 1.25 points higher than the last competition, by raising her vault, bar and beam scores. She received 8.8 on vault and 9.15 on beam. Vorbe raised her all-around to 36.05 from her tie for first on beam with 9.25, second on vault with 9.3 and 9.1 on floor. Whitehurst received 34.75 all-around from her 9.1 on bars, 8.9 on beam and 8.55 on floor.

SGA’s Silver team’s improvement brought home their first team banner.

SGA Gold: Ard raised her all-around more than six-tenths to 36.45 from her first on vault with 9.55, first on bar with 9.25 and first on beam with 9.25. Whiteside earned 36.325, raising her all-around more than 3.5 points from her 9.25 on vault, first on bar with 9.1, first on beam with 8.8 and 9.175 on floor.

SGA coaches were proud of the Gold team’s improvement.

Xcel Platinum: Trejo achieved 37.1, raising her all-around more than 1.4 points from her first on bar with 9.4, first on beam with 9.4, second on vault with 9.2 and 9.1 on floor. Whitinger raised her all-around 2.5 points to 34.725 from second on vault with 8.9, 8.75 on vault, second on beam with 8.675 and second on bar.

SGA gymnasts will compete next on January 6 at The Gala in Asheville.