Titusville Twisters

The Titusville Twisters YMCA Gymnastics Team had 17 teammates compete at the YMCA National Gymnastics Championship last week.

The Titusville Twisters YMCA Gymnastics Team had 17 gymnasts that qualified for the National Team and traveled to Toledo, Ohio from June 27-30 for the YMCA National Gymnastics Championship.

The opening ceremony took place on June 27, and featured participating teams from across the county. Each team was introduced in an Olympic fashion.

Guest speaking at the event was Olympic gold medalist, National Champion and World Champion Nastia Liukin.

Liukin told the gymnasts to “never quit and to always follow your dreams.”

After the guest speaker, the teams  and their coaches then paraded down the block and attended a Mud Hens baseball game, where they were again introduced as they entered the field and met up with their families. After the game, the gymnasts were encouraged to run the bases before the fireworks started.

Competition began at the SeaGate Convention Centre at 8 a.m. the following day, and continued until June 30.

Titusville Twisters YMCA Coaches Alicia Anthony, Terry Anderson and Taylor Williams were in attendance to watch the gymnasts they had been working with all year.

The majority of the Titusville Twisters team ranked nationally. The ranking gymnasts from the Twisters were:

— Mallory Cleland placed 11th on vault, 17th on floor, 19th on balance beam, 20th on uneven bars, and placed 20th all around in the nation for her age group.

— Ava Kiser placed fifth on uneven bars, ninth on balance beam, 10th on vault, 20th on floor, and 14th all around in the nation for her age group.

— Kennedy Baker placed fifth on uneven bars, ninth on vault, 13th on balance beam, 23rd on floor, and placed 13th all around in the nation for her age group.

— Bree Neely placed sixth on vault, sixth on balance beam, ninth on uneven bars, 13th on floor, and placed sixth all around in the nation for her age group.

— Kaylee Goodwill placed first on vault, fifth on floor, sixth on balance beam, 12th on uneven bars, and placed fourth all around in the nation for her age group.

— Rhinn Post placed 13th on vault, 21st on balance beam, 23rd on floor, 26th on the uneven bars, and placed 26th in the nation for her age group.

— Taylor Hanlon placed 16th on vault, 16th on the uneven bars, 20th on balance beam, 22nd on floor and placed 19th all around for her age group in the nation.

— Teya Bailey placed 14th on vault, 15th on balance beam, 23rd on uneven bars, 26th on floor, and placed 21st all around in the nation for her age group.

— Brynn Mitchell placed 13th on vault, 18th on balance beam, 21st on floor, 23rd on the uneven bars and placed 20th all around for her age group in the nation.

— Christopher Warner placed first on vault, first on beam, first on uneven bars, first on floor, and placed first all around in the nation.

— Makennah McMunn placed first on vault, 26th on the uneven bars, 28th on balance beam, 29th on floor, and placed 28th in the nation for her age group.

— Harden Nichols placed 16th on vault, 19th on balance beam, 26th on floor, 29th on uneven bars, and placed 28th in the nation for her age group.

n Aubrey Nichols placed fifth on vault, 21st on floor, 23rd on uneven bars, 26th on the balance beam, and placed 25th for her age group in the nation.

— Samantha Proper placed fifth on the vault, 13th on the balance beam, 17th on the uneven bars, 24th on floor, and placed 15th in the Nation for her age group.

— Teryn Bailey placed 12th on the uneven bars, 18th on the floor, 29th on the balance beam, 31st on vault, and placed 19th all around in the nation for her age group.

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