Wilton Y gymnasts earn medals at nationals

Several members of the Wilton Family Y gymnastics team found their way to the podium at the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships, held recently in Milwaukee, Wisc.

The Wilton Y sent 14 gymnasts to compete in six different competitive levels at the meet, which featured more than 1,700 gymnasts, representing 100 YMCAs.

After a tough time at the Regional championships in May, Lauren Simone refined her skills and tumbled to excellence, winning the all-around title in the Level 4 Senior division with a score of 36.85.

Following her in the Level 4 Junior division were her teammates, who placed second, third and fourth in the all-around.

Rachel Esslinger led the way with a 37.35 in the all-around to earn second place, and a first place on the bars with 9.75.

Kate Ginsburg placed third in the all-around and second on the balance beam with a 9.375.

Kayla Heber finished in the fourth spot in the all-around and placed third on the bars and balance beam.

In the other levels of competition, Wilton also had medal winners.

Representing the Level 5 team on the podium was Marra Woodring, placing in the top ten on the balance beam.

For Level 6, Sam Huffman finished in the sixth spot on the floor exercise with a score of 9.1.

The Level 7 juniors were led by Morgan Leddy, who placed fifth on the floor exercise and was in the top ten on the bars, beam and the all-around. Alessandra Uriate finished in the eighth spot on the floor exercise.

The Level 7 Senior division was held down by Caroline Armstrong with a fifth place on the vault with a 9.5.

Meghan Graham, Wilton’s lone Level 8 gymnast, placed high with a 9.575 on the balance beam.

In the Championship division, the gymnasts had three days of tough competition.

In day one of competition, both of Wilton’s Level 9s were set back.

Mary Corcoran came down with a terrible virus. Even with this, she completed the three days of competition and finished in the eighth place on bars.

Chelsea LeVander had a back injury which forced her to scratch three events in the event finals. When all was over, she placed fourth on the vault and eighth in the all-around, despite having to compete in considerable pain.

After a five-day break, the team has already begun training for the 2012-13 season.

All team levels now train in the YMCA’s Gymnastic Training Center at 644 Danbury Road.

For information about the gymnastics programs offered at the Family Y, call the gym at 203-529-3636.