Gymnasts do well at state meets

Published 6:40 pm Friday, April 29, 2011

LEVEL THREE GYMNASTS at Murkerson’s Dance Academy and Cheer Gym who finished second in the overall team standings at a recent state competition are, left to right, bottom row, Caroline Middleton, McKenna Stegall, Anna Lee Lockart, Lucy Sloan and Megan Haire; middle row, Breanna Dean, Paige Stegall, Gabby Hardee, Sarah-Kaylee Wynn, Kate Vann and Emily Chambers; back row, Abigail Wilson, Karlie Bridges, McKenzie Findley and Sydney Thompson.

The Gymnast-A-Cats gymnastics teams from Murkerson’s Gymnastics recently competed in state level competitions throughout Georgia, faring well at every stop.

The Level Two and Three teams competed in the AAU State Competition at Grovetown High School, outside of Augusta, Ga., on April 15-17.

The Level Two team finished seventh in the state, with several individuals posting solid results. Annie Bridges and Laura Lynn Gordon won second-place all-around medals in their respective age groups, while Caitlin Shephard won a third-place all-around medal.

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The Level Three gymnasts earned a second-place team  finish behind only the Atlanta Gym Center at the state competition. Abigail Wilson and Megan Haire earned first-place all-around medals in their respective age groups. Finishing second all-around were McKenzie Findley and Anna Lee Lockart, while Breanna Dean finished third all-around.

The Gymnast-A-Cats also had solid performances at the Prep One and Prep Three competitions in Roswell, Ga., earlier in April. The Prep One team finished second in the state and three of the gymnasts—Briana Mills, Macey Roland, and Bree Powell—won all-around championships. Josie Deal earned a second-place all-around finish.

The Prep Three team posted a third-place team finish with Haylie Wilkinson earning a second-place all-around finish and Jeri Sloan finishing third all-around.

The lone Level 8 competitor, Emily Perkins, competed in the Region 8 competition in Woodstock, Ga., on April 10. Perkins finished 17th overall among competitors from eight different states. She posted seventh-place finishes in the vault and floor exercises.