By Tava Hoag
This weekend the Clinton Turner Gymnastics Team competed at the annual Judges Cup Invitational hosted at Shrewsbury High School. The meet is put on each year to support the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges (NAWGJ), and for Clinton’s team is was a successful weekend. As the first major competition of the season the girls were a little nervous, but they all went out there, did their best, performed amazing routines, and ultimately had fun.
The Level 3 team competed Saturday morning, November 14, with Ella Weadock finishing 3rd All Around with a score of 35.175. On Sunday morning, November 15 the rest of the team followed suit. The day began with the Xcel Gold team of 12 girls ranging in ages from 9 to 15. Clinton began the meet on uneven bars, ending on vault, with highlights on each event. Floor was the favorite for many of the gymnasts. Most were performing new routines for the first time in front of an audience. They went out there and nailed it.
During awards the team medaled on each event in every age division. Kylee Dobeck received 1st place in the child division with an All Around of 36.975. Followed by her teammates Mia DiMartino in 3rd, Caeleigh Salmon in 6th, and Rachel Benway in 7th. In the Xcel Gold Intermediate Division Heather Keane earned a 1st place medal with a 36.35 All Around score. Teammates, Elsa Cranson 5th place, and Autumn Garceau 6th place also made the podium.
In the Junior Division Elizabeth Czermak placed 5th; our only athlete represented in that group. Lastly our Senior Division athletes Hope Makey and Regan Gannon placed 2nd and 5th respectively. Sunday afternoon the team’s final two athletes competed. Tessa Howlett, Xcel Platinum won 3rd place All Around in the Senior Age Division and Ashlee Nosek, Xcel Diamond received 1st on floor out of all age divisions.
For the team competition Clinton Turners won the 2nd place banner and cup. They missed winning 1st by 7 tenths of a point. The girls and coaches were overjoyed with their victory and cannot wait for their next big meet at UMASS Lowell in January.
Congratulations Clinton Turners! Looking forward to a safe, happy, fun, and successful year.