NORTH HAMPTON —New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (http://www.nhagymnastics.com) announces that their Men’s and Women’s Gymnastic Teams competed at the 13th annual Winter Carnival held at Gymnastics at Brentwood Commons in Brentwood. This past week-end gyms from the New England Region including NHA Gymnastics sent their athletes to compete on all six events for men including: floor exercise, vault, still rings, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bars and all four events for women including: floor exercise, vault, uneven parallel bars and balance beam. More than a dozen of NHA Gymnastics team members placed in first through third places for both individual events and All Around scores.
The Women’s Level 9 Team placed second for their cumulative team score. The NHA Gymnastics coaches are proud to say that their athletes are off to another strong season even with the challenge of having to train in various facilities while their own home gym in under repairs. One such facility to step up and offer their help was Gymnastics at Brentwood Commons, the very gym where NHAAGS just competed in the 2014 Winter Carnival.
The Men’s Level 6-10 divisions demonstrated the beginning of another exciting season. Eight-year-old Reece Landsperger placed first in all six events in the Level 6 division as well as for his All Around score. Nine-year-old Xander Marvrikis earned second place for his terrific performance on Still Rings also in the Level 6 division. Ten-year-old Dillon O’Connor competing in the Level 7 division placed first in four events and came in second with his All Around score. Twelve-year-old Dylan Hale also competing in the Level 7 division placed within the top three for all six events finishing with a second place for his All Around score. Gabe Pelletier competing in the Level 9 division placed third in several events and finished with a third place for his All Around score. Tyler Guilmette competing in the Level 10 division placed third in a number of events and had an impressive finish of second place with his All Around score. One of the most exciting and inspiring performances came from Connor Lyons also a Level 10 competitor. He placed 1st and second in a number of events and finished with second place for his All Around score. Connor was injured last year while warming up on Still Rings at the Granite State Cup and after a challenging recovery has come back to make a fantastic showing in the beginning of his season.
In the Women’s division 5, members of the Level 4 Team qualified for States with their performances, including: Grace Cornell, Natalie Simonds, Elizabeth Durant, Olivia Allaire and Ellie DelSesto. Their individual performances on events demonstrated the level of work and determination that characterizes the gymnasts at NHA Gymnastics. Grace Cornell placed third on Uneven Bars and finished in third place with her All Around score. Olivia Allaire placed second on Balance Beam and for her All Around score. In the Level 7 division Kristina Lantz, Talia Datilio and Sammi DuBois qualified for States with their stellar performances. Kristina Lantz placed first on Balance Beam and Uneven Bars, finishing with a strong second place showing for her All Around score. The Level 9 Team won the second place Team award and had impressive performances from Ellie Johnston with a first place for her Uneven Bar routine. Nicole Lanouette placed first in Vault, second in Balance Beam and second place All Around. Caille Mallory had a great start to her season placing third for her Uneven Bars routine.
The gymnasts have also been training at the YMCA in Plaistow and will also be working out intermittently at the UNH campus in Durham while waiting for their gym to be operational again. This event has brought out the best in the NHA Gymnastics coaches and owners as well as the athletes, displaying time and again why this gym is the place to be. They have united in the face of adversity in order to continue pursuing excellence in gymnastics. This experience has had a profound impact on their team bond. They continue each day striving to find the positive in every situation, which is one of the true strengths of this gym. Not only do the coaches teach the young men and women how to be the best at their sport, they also teach them an even more important skill: when something truly challenging gets in your way, nothing can divide you if you work as a team and support one another. Being a team isn’t merely a title at NHAAGS, it is a way of life.