North Hampton, New Hampshire, February 4, 2014- New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics announces that their Men’s and Women’s Teams recently returned from competing at the Houston National Invitational Meet (HNI) in Houston, Texas. Competitors from more than half a dozen countries participated in this prestigious event. Athletes competed on Levels 3 through Elite. Some notable athletes that took part in this event included former USA Olympic Team members John Orozco and Danell Leyva.
NHA Gymnastics brought 19 of their athletes to compete at HNI with the Men’s Team competing on Levels 6-10 and the Women’s Team competing on Levels 7-9 over the course of 3 days.
The NHA Gymnastics Men’s Team achieved success on Level 6 with powerhouse Reece Landsperger winning 1st place on Parallel Bars, placing 2nd on Vault and High Bar, and placing 3rd on Still Rings, which culminated in a score of 66.00 winning him 2nd place in the All Around. Ten-year-old Xander Mavrikis gave an amazing performance on Vault taking 1st place with a score of 10.3.
On Level 7, 12-year-old Dylan Hale performed one of his best High Bar routines of the season with a score of 9.5 coming in 3rd place amongst 49 other competitors in his division.
The NHA Gymnastics Women’s Team attained success on Level 7 with 9-year-old Kristina Lantz placing 2nd on Uneven Bars with an exceptional performance earning a score of 9.25. Sammi DuBois earned a score of 9.05 placing 4th on Balance Beam with an energetic routine.
On Level 9 MacKenzie Mencke placed 2nd on Balance Beam displaying grace under pressure with her routine earning a score of 9.075. Baili Lagrua placed 4th on Balance Beam with a score of 8.95 demonstrating true poise and elegance.
We want to congratulate all of the members of the Men’s and Women’s Teams for participating in this challenging international meet which demanded much of them both physically and mentally. They should feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for all that they have achieved thus far this season. They include:
Men’s Team Women’s Team
Level 6 Level 7
Reece Landsperger Talia Datilio
Xander Mavrikis Sammi DuBois
Michael Kirby Kristina Lantz
Level 7 Lauren Lantz
Dylan Hale Level 9
Level 9 Olivia Caron
George Lantz Baili Lagrua
Gabriel Pelletier Ellie Johnston
Level 10 Nicole Lanouette
Conner Lyons Cailee Mallory
Tyler Guilmette MacKenzie Mencke