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Gemini team performs in region meet

By JASON PAFUNDI
Published April 17, 2005


The Gemini Gymnastics Level 8 optional squad competed at the Region 8 Championships in Fort Lauderdale.

Lauryn Kannard finished third all-around in her group, which had 52 girls from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Kannard tied for first on the vault, placed sixth on the balance beam, 19th in the floor exercise and 21st on the bars.

Rachel Coderre was 12th all-around among 56 competitors, including a tie for seventh on the bars, 10th on vault, 21st in floor and 39th on balance beam. Falon Canham represented Gemini's Level 7 optional squad in the Florida State Meet at Lightning City Gymnastics in Tampa. She captured second all-around, including runner-up performances on the vault, in floor and on bars and seventh on beam.

TURNERS: The Tampa Bay gymnastics organization participated at the Level 8 regional in Fort Lauderdale.

Sarah Wolford had the best performance, finishing first all-around. She topped the floor exercise competition and took second on the vault and beam.

Morgan Cunning posted a victory on the beam, finished fourth on bars and second all-around. Alexia Perry was first on bars, seventh on beam and 10th all-around.

Mariah Broughton placed fourth all-around after taking second in floor and fifth on bars. Aramis Andreatas was ninth on beam and 15th all-around.

Deni Morgan claimed second on beam and 12th all-around. Katie Harbin was third on vault and 15th all-around.

The Turners were crowned a state champion despite having just three gymnasts in the Level 7 competition.

Shelby Hilton was first on the bars, beam and vault and an all-around winner. Kylie Moran came in second all-around, including first on bars, second in the floor exercise, third on vault and ninth on beam.

Erin Pluchino finished sixth all-around, including fourth on vault and bars and fifth in floor.

APOLLO: The gymnastics club's Taylor King captured Level 7 state championships in the uneven bars and balance beam events in Tampa.

King finished second all-around, which included fourth on the vault and seventh in the floor exercise.

Molly Nelson was first on vault, second on uneven bars, seventh on beam, ninth in floor and second all-around. Scout McDaniel finished ninth all-around, including second on the uneven bars, ninth on vault, 12th on balance beam and 13th in floor.

At the boys Level 8 Regional Championships in Charlotte, N.C., Apollo's Grant Brittain took third all-around and first on the pommel horse.

Jacob Wolf recorded a pommel horse victory, second on still rings and fourth all-around.

Sterling Jackson and Jordan Loscalzo qualified for the USA Junior Olympic National Championships, scheduled for May 4-8 in Houston.

"This will be a great opportunity for these kids to see the best junior athletes in the country," coach Brian Finnegan said. "The motivational value of this competition is unbelievable."

SWIMMING: St. Pete Aquatics competed in the All-Star Meet in Fort Pierce.

Sidney Newfield captured second in the 100-yard backstroke, fourth in the 50 back, fifth in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 free.

Cameron Chambers was a runner-up in the 1,650 free and 400 individual medley, fourth in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 free and 200 breaststroke. Megan Rossi placed eighth in the 200 and 500 free.

SPA participated in the Area 3-5 action at Northshore Pool.

In the 10-and-under girls competition, Alexandra Jones finished first in the 25-yard breaststroke. Abby King won the 11-12 title in the 50 freestyle, and Jennifer Crankshaw took first in the 100 breaststroke for 13-14 swimmers.

Tracey Rorer dominated the girls senior division. She was first in the 100 butterfly, 200 free and 200 and 400 individual medley.

Jessica Ding placed first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Stase Michota came in first in the 200 backstroke and 500 free.

Jessie Bardin and Allie Evans won the 50 free, and Colleen Bauza claimed first in the 100 back.

For the 10-and-under boys, Joseph Daniel won the 25-yard butterfly and 100 free. Joseph Adair finished first in the 200 free and 200 individual medley.

In 11-12 action, Patrick Rinard posted a victory in the 50 backstroke and 100 free.

Cameron Chambers won the 50 free in the 13-14 group. Kevin Nardozzi (15-18) took first in the 400 individual medley.

For the senior boys, Adam Moody won the 50, 100 and 200 free and 100 and 200 backstroke. Brenno Varanda placed first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley.

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