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Local Gymnasts Qualify for Nationals

Twenty-six members of the Endless Mountains Gymnastics (EMG) Eagles team are qualified for the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs (USAIGC) national championships, slated for Palm Springs, CA, June 25-July 1.

Eagle gymnasts competed in two national qualifying tournaments in recent weeks at Amityville, NY, and York, PA.

According to Liz Albert, EMG coach and co-owner, the required qualifying scores were raised, but the locals all exceeded the standard in their levels to qualify for the national meet.

“The coaching staff at EMG is very happy with the progress of the gymnasts this year and believes a number of them have the potential to medal at the national meet,” Albert said.

In the most recent meet, at York, Annie Clauser, competing in the Gold 16-up level, won the all-around, vault, bars and beams.

EMG’s Silver and Copper level teams both finished second.

The Copper level individual results, with age-group in parentheses, were:

•Maribelle Albert (6-7): first in all-around, second in vault and beam and third in bars.

•Mikenna Shaffer (6-7): first in vault.

•Emily Carr (8): second in bars and third in vault.

•Jaeden Patson (8): third in vault.

•Torrah Dughi (9): first in vault; second in beam and all-around.

•Makynna Wickwire (10-up): first in vault and second in floor.

•Tarah Decker (10-up): first in bars, beam, floor and all-around and second in vault.

•Tehya Turner (10-up): third in vault, bars, beam and all-around.

In Bronze competition, the results were:

•Lylah Oswald (6-9): first in floor and second in bars.

•Maribelle Albert (6-9): second in beam and third in floor.

•Jaeden Patson (6-9): third in vault.

•Maddie Jones (10): second in all-around and third in vault and beam.

•Makynna Wickwire (10): second in vault.

•Stephanie White (11-12): second in beam.

Endless Mountains Gymnastics is co-owned by Albert and her husband, Damon, and is located on Benjamin Road on Welles Mountain in Terry Township.


Three Bronze-level members of the Endless Mountains Gymnastics Eagles pose during a recent all-around competition at a national qualifying tournament. From left, they are Lylah Oswald, Ashlee Newton and Maddie Jones.Three Bronze-level members of the Endless Mountains Gymnastics Eagles pose during a recent all-around competition at a national qualifying tournament. From left, they are Lylah Oswald, Ashlee Newton and Maddie Jones.

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