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Gymnasts place high in national meet

The Chilton County YMCA gymnastics team was a force to be reckoned with at the Sand Dollar Meet held Jan. 23-25 at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

Eleven members of the team competed among more than 2,000 kids on the national level, which were grouped into smaller teams based on their age and skill level.

“Every single person we took placed, which means they all placed in the top half of their age division,” coach Jamie Wallace said.

Alyssa McGee placed first all-around in Level 4 with a 36.975, beating out all the other kids who competed at that level.

McGee placed first on vault with a 9.35; first on bars with a 9.4; third on beam with a 9.0; and second on floor with a 9.225.

The Level 4 team placed ninth in the team competition with a score of 109.125.

Two other students placed first in events, including Level 5 competitor Lauren Cockrell, placing first on bars with a 9.275; and Level 7 competitor Amanda Gray, placing first on beam with an 8.875.

“It was fun placing first on the beam, even though I didn’t do my best routine,” Gray said. “It’s fun to watch the girls who are more advanced than we are.”

For nine out of the 11 students, it was their first time to compete on the national level. These included all Level 4 and Level 5 team members.

“We were proud of them,” Wallace said.

Team stats

Level 5

Jade Stovall: fifth on vault, 13th on bars, seventh on beam, fourth on floor, eighth all around.

Lauren Cockrell: sixth on vault, first on bars, sixth on beam, 10th on floor, third all around.

Kori Mask: fifth on vault, ninth on bars, seventh on beam, seventh on floor, seventh all around.

Trinity Stone: 14th on vault, 10th on bars, sixth on beam, eighth on floor, 10th all around.

Level 4

Kayla Chapman: 10th on vault, fifth on bars, 14th on beam, eighth on floor, 10th all around.

Katelyn Giles: 14th on vault, 10th on bars, ninth on beam, seventh on floor, ninth all around.

Anna Horn: third on vault, second on bars, fourth on beam, fourth on floor, third all around.

Alyssa McGee: (see above)

Anna Smith: sixth on vault, fourth on bars, fifth on beam, 14th on floor, seventh all around.

Level 7

Amanda Gray: 11th on vault, 10th on bars, first on beam, eighth on floor, ninth all around.

Julianne Lyn: fourth on vault, 12th on bars, 11th on beam, sixth on floor, 10th all around.