The Harrison Family YMCA Gymnastics Team recently hit the road again for the Winter Invitational Meet at Raleigh School of Gymnastics in Raleigh.
Once again the team accomplished great success. The nine YMCA competitors ranged in age from 5 to 15 years old and competed at the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Level. The YMCA team won 16 medals and two trophies.
Bronze gymnast, Katie Bunn, won first place in the all-around with a score of 36.125. She also won firat place on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise and took second place on the vault.
Kendall Simon placed second on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise. Teammates Natalie Jones and Deanna Pope added to the team score that earned the team the third place trophy. “Each of these gymnasts is in their first year of competition and they are excelling at an incredible pace”, said head coach Kristy Harper.
Silver gymnasts Sloan Bullock and Rebecca Powell shone as well. Rebecca Powell received second place on floor with a score of 9.375 and Sloan Bullock received third place on bars with a score of 9.45.
“These girls are hard workers and it shows every time they practice or compete,” assistant team coach Courtney Mizelle said.
Gold gymnast Nevaeh Fortier competed at her third meet this season scoring a record high all-around score.
“Neveah actually skipped a level from last year because she was progressing so quickly,” Harper said. “It’s not something we normally do, but her skills were already beyond the next level so we pushed her through. With some kids, you just know.”
For their first meet this season, platinum gymnasts Alex Lutz and Sarah Hicks exceled on all events and placed second and third in the all-around. The girls brought in two first place, three second place and two third place awards. Standout performances include Hicks winning first place on bars with an impressive 9.5 and Lutz winning first place on vault with a remarkable 9.6.
Hicks scored a 9.25 on vault and a 9.475 on floor.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Harper said.