YMCA of Central Ohio

County YMCA gymnastics team enjoys successful season

Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 7:30 pm

The Pickaway County Family YMCA Gymnastics Team just finished a great season.  During the regular season, October through March, the team from Pickaway competed against five area YMCA’s, giving the gymnasts an opportunity to show off their skills and receive feedback from the judges. In early March, the Level 3 and 4 gymnasts attended the South East Ohio District Meet, held at the Ross County YMCA in Chillicothe. Many of the gymnasts finished in the top 3, receiving individual honors. In the team event, the Level 3 gymnasts finished 2nd and the Level 4 gymnasts finished 4th.  Later that month, the Level 5, 6, and Optional gymnasts attended the South East Ohio District Meet held at the Cambridge Family YMCA. All of the gymnasts performed well, resulting in many individual and all around winners.  Five out of the seven, Level 5 and up gymnasts attended the Great Lakes Zone Regional Championships held at the Tiffin YMCA in April. Representing Pickaway were: Level 5- Lainey Bulmer and Erica Dale, Level 6- Taylor Bonn and Lynne Dale and Prep Op Silver- Kaitlin Bartholomew.  For the first time ever, all of the girls placed in at least one individual event, and four of them placed in the all-around event as well.                  

The finale of the season was the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships held June 29 – July 2, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More than 1,700 gymnasts, Levels 2 -10, from 106 YMCA’s in 21 states and 300 coaches around the country, came to compete for top honors on bars, beam, floor, vault and all-around.  Fourteen of our own Pickaway County Family YMCA gymnasts and their families made the trip. The girls competing for Pickaway County were:  Level 3 - Savannah Buskirk, Izabella Carroll, Bailey Riffle, Iva O’dell, Chloe Kidd, Ellie Kidd and Kylie Wohnhas. Level 4 - Heather Diffenderfer, Madilyn Nallie, Sarah Smith and Shelby Ward. Level 5 - Erica Dale. Level 6 - Lynne Dale and Taylor Bonn.

All of the girls representing the team performed extremely well under the competitive pressure, with many girls receiving their highest scores of the season. Several of the girls won top honors: Level 3- Savannah Buskirk - 1st place Floor and 6th place All-Around.  Level 3- Iva O’Dell – 6th place Vault.  Level 4- Heather Diffenderfer - 1st place Beam and 3rd All-Around.  Level 5- Erica Dale - 7th place Bars.  Even though they did not come home with a medal, all of the girls are winners, just by qualifying and participating in such a prestigious event. 

The gymnasts would like to thank coaches Beth Harlan, Kelly O’Dell, and Makalay Six for all of their time and support. For information on YMCA gymnastics call the Pickaway County Family YMCA at 740-477-1661.

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