Two DEFY Gymnasts Win Top All-around Honors at YMCA Meet

AUGUSTA — Two young gymnasts from Springers Gymnastics Center earned top all-around honors at the first YMCA gymnastics meet of the season Sunday.

Thirteen gymnasts represented the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA at the meet, hosted by the Waterville YMCA and including a team from Central Lincoln County YMCA in Damariscotta.

Eight-year-old Gilly Rice, at Level 4, and 10-year-old Eleanor Bannerman, at Level 5, brought home top all-around honors for the DEFY team.

“We’ve never had a meet this early in the season,” said coach Doug Springer, “and we’ve never had a team as ready for the season as this one.

“We had some really nice success this weekend and we look forward to the kids building on that success and building their confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Springer.

Five girls — Rice, Bannerman, Katherine McKee, Emily Birdsall and Maddie Nida — posted the first of two qualifying scorers needed to advance to the regional championships.

Following are the complete DEFY results:

Level 4, age 8

Gilly Rice: first on bars, beam and floor. Second on vault, first all-around.

Elena Springer: fourth on vault, sixth on bars.

Level 4, age 9

Maddie Nida: first on beam, third on vault and floor, fourth on bars, third all-around.

Olivia West: first on vault, fifth on beam, sixth on floor, sixth all-around.

Lexi Rich: fifth on vault, sixth on beam.

Level 4, age 10

Emily Birdsall: first on beam and floor, third on vault, second all-around.

Chloe Politte: third on beam, fourth on floor, fifth on bars, sixth on vault, third all-around.

Dezirae Zaman: third on bars, fourth on beam, fifth on vault, fifth all-around.

Anna Brown: first on vault, fifth on floor, sixth on bars and beam.

Level 5, ages 7-9

Katherine McKee: second on vault, bars and floor, fourth on beam, second all-around.

Paige Sawyer: first on floor, third on beam, fourth on bars, sixth on vault, fourth all-around.

Level 5, age 10

Eleanor Bannerman: first on beam and floor, second on vault and bars, first all-around.

Olivia Robidoux: first on vault, second on beam and floor, third on bars, second all-around.

Springers center will host a weekend of gymnastics on Dec. 17 and 18.

For the first time, the center has organized a home team of young gymnasts who aren’t yet ready for league competition.

Those gymnasts will compete in a meet on Saturday, Dec. 17, with recreational gymnasts performing as well.

The DEFY team will compete against teams from Bangor, Auburn-Lewiston and Oxford Hills YMCAs on Sunday, Dec. 18, with meets at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Those meets are open to the public.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

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