Harford Gymnastics, along with 2,600 other athletes from across the country, competed at the Pink Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa.., Feb. 22 to 24 to support Unite for Her and breast cancer awareness.
Harford's Level 7 team shined, taking first place in a field of tough competitors. Additionally, Harford took second at Levels 6 and 8, third at Level 5 and fourth at Level 9. The entire Harford team (Levels 4 to 9) had 22 athletes score above 36 in all-around and four gymnasts tallied all-around scores above 37. A new club beam record was set at Level 7 and one of Harford's Level 9 athletes was recognized with the Strength of Character Award.
Leading the Level 4 team was Brooke Emerson (Bel Air), scoring a 36.675 in the all-around which placed her fifth in the 8-year-old division. Caitlyn Weitzel (Bel Air) had the highest placement in all-around for Level 4. She took second for the 6-7-year-olds with a total of 35.70.
Haley Baker (Bel Air) paced the Level 5 team with a first-place finish in the all-around (37.10). She also won bars (9.60) and beam (9.325) in the 11-year-old and up age group.
Harford won three titles at Level 6, with Megan Despres (Bel Air) taking first place on beam for 11-year-olds with a 9.525 and Natasha Slutzky (Bel Air) winning floor with a 9.10 and all-around with a 36.20 in the 9-year-old and under age group.
Highlighting the first-place Level 7 team was Amya Hill (Joppatowne), who set a new club record on beam with a 9.65. Hill won beam, along with vault (9.40) and all-around (37.60) in the 12-year old division. Lindsey Stevenson (Bel Air) won three individual event titles in the 14 and up age group: vault (9.05), bars (9.50), floor (9.475), in addition to taking first in the all-around for her age group with a 36.85. Erin Hyman (Fallston) won bars (9.50) and floor (9.20). Two more titles were won at Level 7: Nora Stroh (Nottingham) on beam (9.05) for the 14 and up age group and Megan Stocum (Bel Air) on beam (9.275) in the 13-year-old age group.
Leading the Level 8 team was Devin Woods (Joppatowne) with a 37.275 all-around, which placed her second in the 12 and under age group, and Emily Hughes (Bel Air) with a 37.15 in all-around for third place in the 14-year-old age division. Hughes also won the floor title with a score of 9.475. Jordan Rampolla (Bel Air), was all-around champion for the 15-16-year-olds, with a score of 35.925. Amber Adkins (Abingdon) won bars for the 13-year-olds (9.425).
At Level 9, Christina Riggins (Bel Air) led Harford with an all-around score of 35.825, which placed her eighth for 14-year-olds. Michaela Soper (Fallston) was recognized with the Strength of Character Award for the Level 9 session.
In addition to Amya Hill's new Harford record on beam, three additional club records have been broken this season. At Level 9, Christina Riggins set the vault record at 9.425 in Allentown, Pa. Emily Hughes set the Level 8 club all-around record at 37.75 and Sarah Bateman (Bel Air) topped the floor record at Level 7, scoring a 9.65 in Hershey, Pa.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun