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Gymnasts make their mark at Chesapeake

Seven Bermuda national team gymnasts travelled to Baltimore, Maryland, last weekend where they kicked off their competitive season by winning several medals.

It was the group's second trip to the 'Christmas on the Chesapeake' gymnastics invitational and almost all of the girls improved on their performances from last year.

Head coach Duke Nelligan said he was satisfied with the team's performance. “I'm really looking forward to see how much this team can achieve as the year progresses.

“We may have had mistakes here and there this weekend, but you expect that in your first competition of the year. –“The girls are trying out new skills and getting used to those competition jitters. Overall I'm very proud of how all the gymnasts performed and particularly how they represented Bermuda with their good sportsmanship”.

In the level nine division, Tabytha Hofheins (13, Warwick Academy) and Morgan Beckles (15, BHS) competed for Bermuda. Hofheins debuted a new floor routine for her highest finish of the day sixth place with an 8.65.

Team captain Beckles had her highest finish on vaulting, where she earned second place with a 9.1.

Nelligan said: “This was an important meet for Morgan as several college coaches were in the stands looking for up and coming athletes. Her ultimate goal is to compete at the university level, so we need to get her out to competitions like this one and onto the recruiters' radars.”

Later, in the level seven division, Sydney Mason (12, BHS), Clara James (11, BHS), Danielle Wall (11, BHS), Sadia Wilson (10, BHS) and Zekiah Lewis (9, West Pembroke) all competed.

In the 9 and 10-year-old division, Wilson posted a 9.15 on vaulting and floor, for second and 4th place respectively, while Lewis was Bermuda's top all-around finisher, earning a fifth place medal with a 33.45.

In the 11-year-old group, Wall had her top finish on balance beam for ninth place and an 8.7, while James had solid showings on vaulting and floor, for a 8.3 and 8.45.

Mason competed in the 12 and 13-year-old division and had Bermuda's top bar score with an 8.35 for fourth place.

The Bermuda team proudly displayed their medals upon returning to the Island. Their next meet will be the IGI Chicago Style Invitational held over the February 12 weekend.

The team had to miss this invitational last year due to weather air cancellations.

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Published December 16, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 16, 2010 at 7:31 am)

Gymnasts make their mark at Chesapeake

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