Sparklers finish season with state championships
The Sports Academy Gymnastics team completed its season at the Region 8, Level 9 meet at the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto, Fla., April 13-16.
Level 9 Sparkler Hannah Shannon, a Beaufort High School freshman, became the first Level 9 Sparkler to medal. She finished 15th in the balance beam, scoring 8.85 in the Senior 2 division.
The Level 2-4 South Carolina State Championships were held recently at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
In the Level 4 Novice Division, 9-year-old Brandilyn Bragg won an all-around state championship for the Sparklers with a score of 35.825. She also won the gold on floor exercise with a 9.35 and silver on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.125.
Talia Parisi (12 and over group) won the state title on bars (9.075) and balance beam (8.725), silver in the all-around (35.875), bronze on vault (9.225) and was fifth on floor. Alexia Goucher (9 young group) placed seventh on vault and beam, and eighth in the all-around. Rylee Lowther (8 young group) placed ninth on vault and beam.
In the Level 4 Open Division, Carly Martin (9 old group) placed fifth in the all-around (36.825), seventh on the vault (9.35), fifth on bars (9.225), fourth on beam (9.1) and seventh on the floor (9.175). Alexis Hull (10 young group) placed seventh vault (9.3), ninth bars (9.25), seventh beam, seventh floor (9.4) and 13th all-around (36.125). Lindsie Atwell (8 old group) placed 15th in the all-around (35.725).
Level 3 Sparklers earning ribbons: Mary Margaret Upchurch, vault 9.075 and floor 9.15; Lillian Aune, vault 9.225, beam 9.125; Imani Berry 9.1 vault, Sarah Olivarri 9.3 floor; Daisha Cannon 9.05 vault; Sophia Sherman 9.175 vault, 9.075 beam, 9.15 floor; Julianna Wilson 9.175 vault, 9.25 beam, 9 floor; 36.125 AA; Rene Hamilton 9.175 vault, 9.275 bars, 9.150 beam, 9.25 floor, 36.850 AA.
Other Sparkler participants were: Taylor Hemenway, Madison Long, Mia McBride, Alexa Smallwood, Kylee Taft-Otero.