EMG Eagles Medal at National Gymnastics Meet
In only its second year of national competition, the Endless Mountains Gymnastics (EMG) Eagles brought home 18 individual awards and a team banner from Indian Wells, CA, last week.
The Copper-level team of Callie Bennett, Morgan Rockwell and Maribelle Albert brought home a third-place banner in the small-team competition at the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs (USAIGC) National-International Championships.
Individually, in the one-day Copper competition, Albert won the bars and balance beam, finished second in the vault and all-around and third in the floor exercise.
Bennett was sixth on the bars.
Rockwell finished fifth on bars and 11th in the all-around.
The other levels—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Premier—were two-day events. The preliminaries were held on the first day, determining the all-around winners and qualifying athletes for the individual even finals, which were held on the second day. None of the first-day scores were carried over to the second-day event finals.
Albert, Lylah Oswald, Maddie Jones, Ashlee Newton and Kayla Shaffer competed as EMG’s Bronze team.
Other than a few balance beam falls, the team had, in the words of coach Liz Albert a “nearly perfect competition” to place sixth in the medium team division. This was an improvement over last year’s result.
Maribelle Albert, one of only two six-year-olds in the Bronze level, was first in the beam and floor. It was the first year that six-year-olds were allowed to compete at the Bronze level.
Oswald finished third in the bars with “the best routine of her life.”
Jones was eighth in the bars.
Shaffer qualified for the finals in the vault, but was unable to compete the second day due to travel arrangements.
Jones and Newton also competed on the Silver team, along with Ally Tama, Samantha Davenport, Cassie Dudock and Marissa Gregoire.
Davenport just eked her way into the vault finals, but came up with a second-place finish on a “fantastic” vault.
Tama had the “best competition of her life,” according to Liz Albert. Tama was seventh in the all-around, 20 spots higher than she did last year. Unfortunately, the tournament only advanced four girls into the finals at Tama’s age division.
Annie Clauser was a competitor in the Gold level. She was nearly flawless in the preliminary round, finishing fourth in the all-around and advanced to the event finals in three events. She finished second in the beam, fourth in vault and fifth on bars.
The meet was held at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort on June 25 to July 1.
With the national championships, the competitive season for the Eagles ends.
For more information on the EMG Eagles, which is based in Terry Township, call 570-746-7778.