Gymnast-A-Cats start season strong

Published 2:23 pm Friday, October 8, 2010

BAINBRIDGE GYNMAST-A-CATS who competed at a recent meet in Moultrie, Ga., are, top row, left to right: Jessie Oliver, Jeri Sloan, Abigail Wilson, Sydney Thompson, Kate Vann, Megan Haire, Haylie Wilkinson, Briana Mills, Emily Chambers, Emily Perkins and McKenzie Findley; middle row, left to right: Paige Stegall, Josie Deal, Caroline Middleton, Gabby Hardee, Breanna Dean, Sarah-Kaylee Wynn, Karlie Bridges, McKenna Stegall, Anna Lee Lockhart, Lanie Birdsong and Lucy Sloan; bottom row, left to right: Annie Bridges, Caitlin Shephard, Laura Lynn Gordon, Mel Bodrey and Kayte Clinkscales. Members of the team who are not pictured are Bree Powell and Macey Roland.|Jeff Findley

The Bainbridge Gymnast-A-Cats competed in Moultrie on Saturday, October 3.

They started their competition season off with a solid gold performance winning three first place team awards and 145 medals while competing against 10 other teams from around the state.

Although this was their first competition, the Level 2 Team captured a first place position.

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“This was awesome since these five girls, Mel Bodrey, Kayte Clinkscales, Laura Gordon, Caitlin Shephard and Annie Bridges, had never performed in a competition environment before,” team coach Melynda Murkerson said.

The Level 3 Team also won first place. Team members include McKenzie Findley, Lanie Birdsong, Lucy Sloan, McKenna Stegall, Caroline Middleton, Annalee Lockart, Emily Chambers, Breanna Dean, Gabby Hardee, Kate Vann, Sarah Kaylee Wynn, Paige Stegall, Karlie Bridges, Sydney Thompson, Megan Haire and Abigail Wilson.

A first place was also won by the Prep 1 Team. Team members consisted of Bree Powell, Josie Deal, Briana Mills, Jessie Oliver and Macey Roland.

The Prep 3 Team members also competed. From this group, Jeri Sloan won first all-around and Haylie Wilkinson won second all-around.

Level 8 competitor Emily Perkins won second all-around.

“Last year the Gymnast-A-Cats had an incredible year winning nationals,” coach Murkerson said. “This year, the team as a whole advanced in individual levels. It is hard to move up in levels and then win the first meet of the year. South Georgia has a lot to be proud of. I am looking for this team to be as strong as last year’s team. We are going to have an awesome year.”