For a competitive gymnast, the state meet is the most exciting meet of the year.
It is the culmination of a season of dedication and hard work, and a chance to see if they are, in fact, the best in the state at their level. In April, the Level 2 and 3 gymnasts from Madison County travelled to Bainbridge, with the rest of their teammates, to compete in their state meets.
Each team was divided into a novice division and an experienced division based solely on scores earned throughout their regular competition season. Those gymnasts with two all-around scores of 36.00 or higher competed in the experienced division. Georgia Elite’s gymnasts from all levels (levels 2-10) earned 50 total individual state champion titles for the 2012-2013 season, and two team state champion titles.
Several Madison County gymnasts brought home their own awards:
•Harper King (13 year old) competed in the Level 2 Novice division, scoring a 36.625 all-around, claiming the championship. She also scored 9.025 (vault), 8.950 (uneven bars), 9.250 (balance beam), and 9.400 (floor exercise), placing first in each event.
•Competing for the Level 2 experienced team was Mary Drayke Summers (7 years old), Ansley Robinson (7 years old), and Kailey Avera (8 years old). Summers scored 9.125 on vault (eighth place), 9.500 on bars (eighth place), 9.275 on the beam (fifth place), 9.500 on floor (third place), and 37.400 all-around placing fourth. Robinson scored a 9.100 on vault, 9.550 on bars (third place), 8.100 on beam, 9.550 on floor (2nd place), and 36.300 All Around. Avera scored 9.200 on vault, a 9.700 on bars (fifth place), 8.475 on beam, 9.475 on floor (seventh place), and 36.850 all-around, which placed her 18th out of 36 gymnasts.
•Georgia Elite’s Level 2 Novice team placed sixth out of 23 teams, and the Level 2 Experienced team scored 113.825, placing third out of 23 teams.
•Brianna Seay (8 years old) and Chloe Powers (8 years old) both competed in the Level 3 experienced division. Seay scored 9.100 on vault (eighth place), 9.575 on bars (third place), 9.300 on beam (fourth place), 9.375 on floor (sixth place), and 37.350 all-around, placing third. Powers was the vault champion with a 9.650. She also scored 9.625 on bars (second place), 9.000 on beam (ninth place), 9.500 on floor (second place), and was the Level 3 8 year-old all around champion with a score of 37.775. At the team banquet in May, Powers was named the MVP for Level 3 (an award based on the average score of all meets from the past season).
“Congratulations to all the girls!” said gym leaders. “Madison County was well represented at all the meets this past season. We are so proud of them!”
The girls have been training all summer for the next competitive season, and they all moved up to the next level. Next season will have new names added to the Madison County gymnast roster.