Wilton Y gymnasts impress at nationals

During the last week of June, 19 Wilton Y gymnasts traveled to Savannah, Ga., and proved they have what it takes to compete successfully on a national level.

This year’s YMCA National Gymnastics Championships attracted nearly 2,000 gymnasts from over 100 teams nationwide. Nineteen gymnasts from Ridgefield, Weston and Wilton represented Wilton Family YMCA as national competitors.

The week-long championship brought much excitement and challengers for Wilton gymnasts. Southern hospitality rang through for the Wilton Family YMCA.

Wilton has now added yet another all-around champion to the team, as Jessica Wu came home with the Level 4 title. She also was first on the vault (9.25) and beam (9.15), third on bars, sixth on floor (9.125).

In the next age division of Level 4, Miranda O’Herron came in fourth in the all-around and earned second place on beam (9.375), third on vault (9.25), fifth on floor (9.1), and ninth on bars.

Megan McNamara finished 10th in the all-around, seventh on bars, and ninth on vault (9.05). Kara Recay just missed the top 10 for floor.

In Level 5, Kayla Heber finished third on bars (9.025), fourth on floor, and sixth in the all-around. Lauren Simone finished seventh in the all-around and eighth on bars. Kate Ginsburg took fifth place on beam (9.075) and ninth in the all-around. Rachel Esslinger garnered fourth place on vault, sixth place on bars, and 10th in the all-around. Lauren Cooper, Isabel Klink and Libby Hinshaw all had their best performances on floor exercise.

In Level 6, Casey Redcay had her highest placing finish on bars and her highest score on beam. Catie Jones placed ninth on bars.

Teammates Carter Siegel and Marra Woodring had to scratch due to late-season injuries and were well missed by their teammates. Both Carter and Marra attended the meet and cheered for their teammates.

In Level 7, Grace Breen finished in fourth place for the all-around, taking third on floor (9.225), fifth on bars and beam, and sixth on vault (9.225). Paige Gladstein won third place on vault (9.3) and seventh place on beam. Lizzie Berta took third place on beam, sixth place on vault, ninth place on bars, and seventh in the all-around.

Wilton had two graduating seniors in Level 8.

After a career ending knee injury in the 2012 state championships, Ashley Bascom came back and qualified for this year’s nationals. After two days of competition, she placed third on the floor (9.25) and qualified for and competed in the all-around finals.

Morgan Stonebridge’s bars routine finished just out of the top ten in the qualifying round.

These gymnasts deserve to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication that took them from a gym in Wilton to opening ceremonies in Savannah, Ga., with crowds of over 6,000 and a keynote address by 2004 Olympic silver medalist Courtney McCool Griffeth. They all are winners for their sportsmanship, competitive spirit, and camaraderie.