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NHA gymnast make regional Future Star Team
Dillon O’Connor, Xander Mavrikis and Reece Landsperger
qualify for Future Stars Regional Team.
O’Connor will go on to represent New England at National Olympic
Training Center on November 7, 2013.
North Hampton, New Hampshire, October 13, 2013- New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (http://www.nhagymnastics.com) announces that3 of their male gymnasts, 8-year-old Reece Landsperger, 9-year-old Xander
Mavrikis and 10-year-old Dillon O’Connor have qualified to be members of the
USAG Future Stars
New England Regional Team. Dillon
O’Connor will go on to represent New England at the National Future Stars
competition scheduled for November 7-9.. This competition will take place at the National Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Future Starsis an
athlete development and educational program designed by USA Gymnastics to identify the best young male gymnasts in the
United States aged 8-13 years old. Gymnasts
who qualify at the regional level aged 10-13 years old are invited to attend
the national event. Athletes who earn qualifying
scores in Colorado are selected to be on the Junior National Development Team. This process is intended to identify talented
young gymnasts and to prepare them to compete at an elite level with the
potential to be future Olympians.
O’Connor, Mavrikis and
Landsperger began the Future Starstraining
this summer with Head Coach Lou Datilio focusing on technical and foundational
skills along with physical strength, and flexibility. Coach Datilio used a cutting edge training
system the boys that few athletes can
participate in due to its level of difficulty. When discussing the significance
of the three gymnasts qualifying for the regional Future Starsteam Coach
Datilio commented “Having the boys participate in this event is an
accomplishment in and of itself due to the rigorous training and advanced level
of difficulty involved. But for all 3 to
be selected for the regional team and for Dillon O’Connor to qualify to
participate at the Future Starscompetition
in Colorado demonstrates not only their incredible capabilities as athletes but
also brings to light the high level of coaching that occurs at NHAAGS. This is an
acknowledgement by the gymnastics community that our gym produces athletes that
can compete at the highest levels.”
On October 13th
the New England regional Future Stars
competition was held at NEAG in
Marlborough, MA where eligible gymnasts were evaluated by specially trained
judges. The scores earned at this
competition reflected the level of technical difficulty and execution performed
on each of the six standard men’s events along with 3 events that highlight
flexibility, strength and air sense. O’Connor’s
amazing performance generated scores qualifying him as one of only six 10-year-olds
invited from New England to attend the national event in Colorado. There are approximately 300 gymnasts nationwide
who are selected for the competition at the National Olympic Training Center. It is hoped
that O’Connor will earnthat him the National Junior Development Teaming. This preparation begins the arduous process of developing and
training elite gymnasts to in time compete as members of the U.S. Junior
When asked to describe the three
young athletes Coach Datilio had this to say, "Reece Landsperger is a phenomenon,
he not only possesses mental discipline and focus but also has tremendous
physical strength and talent. It is
highly unusual to find such a combination particularly in someone so
young." He went on to describe
Xander Mavrikis as “ a physically talented and gifted young man who
demonstrates the ability to be very focused when training at the gym. He also has an exuberant nature that makes
him fun to be with.” Regarding Dillon
O’Connor Coach Datilio stated, “ Dillon combines the best of both worlds- he is
disciplined, hard working, flexible and talented. He also has an incredible sense of humor that
his teammates value.”
O’Connor is not the only high
gymnast to vie for national placement. On October 13th, 9-year-old
Kristina Lantz competed at the Karolyi Ranch Camp in Huntsville, Texas for a
spot on one of the two national teams selected through the USA TOPS program.
Results of that competition will be published by the end of the month. Kristina is also a nationally ranked gymnast
for various events as is her sister Lauren.
Additionally, this spring Jeremy Munn a level 10 Men’s gymnast from NHAAGS competed at the USAG Junior Olympic Nationals in
Portland, Oregon placing 1st place in Vault and 5th place
for his All Around score.
AMAZING NHA GYMNAST 2013
9-year-old powerhouse gymnast
Kristina Lantz, a member of NHAAGS (New Hampshire Academy of Artistic
Gymnastics) located in North Hampton, New Hampshire has been selected to
compete nationally at the TOPS (Talent Opportunity Program) program offered by
USA Gymnastics. TOPS is a talent search
and educational program developed to identify the best young female gymnasts in
the United States aged 7-10 years old.
The program evaluates and prepares young girls for national and international
competitions. The program is modeled
after the Eastern European system of training the best young female gymnasts to
become elite level competitors.
Kristina and her fellow
gymnasts began training this summer focusing on physical strength and gymnastic
skills, the two areas that were evaluated by a designated panel of judges from
the TOPS program. NHAAGS coaches Lou Datilio
and Cheri Menke worked tirelessly with Kristina and her teammates to prepare
them for 2 regional competitions. Kristina’s
amazing performance yielded unprecedented scores qualifying her to be selected
to compete amongst a group of 110 other nine-year-olds at the Karolyi Camp in Huntsville,
Texas. Kristina Lantz is the only 9 year
old invited from the New England region to attend this event. In all there are only 300-plus female
gymnasts for all age groups chosen for this program.
Beginning on October 13th
Kristina will attend the next stage of TOPS training and competition at the
Karolyi Camp. She will train with her
own coaches as well as the TOPS coaches to prepare for competition over that
weekend. Her scores will determine if
she will qualify to be selected to join one of the 2 teams that will be formed.
These teams will be returning to the
facility at regular intervals throughout the year for further high-level training. This preparation begins the arduous process
of developing elite gymnasts to eventually compete as members of the U.S.
Junior Olympic Team.
This past year Kristina’s
dynamic performances earned her a national ranking of 38th amongst
more than 8,500 level 6 gymnasts. She is
ranked 13th nationally for her Floor Exercise routine. She and her sister 11-year-old Lauren also a
level 6 gymnast, were featured by WMUR this year as young New Hampshire
athletes to watch. They are not the only
high caliber NHAAGS gymnasts to reach national ranking. This spring Jeremy Munn a level 10 Men’s gymnast
competed at the USAG Junior Olympic Nationals in Portland, Oregon against the
best male gymnasts in the United States.
His phenomenal performances yielded him 1st place in Vault
and 5th place for his All Around or cumulative score. These stellar rankings garnered him an
invitation onto the Penn State Men’s Gymnastics NCAA Team where he is a
freshman. He is now training to compete with
one of the best collegiate teams in the country.
The coaching staff of NHAAGS comes
with a stellar background of their own. During
each of their gymnastic careers they competed nationally and internationally
for their colleges earning them high rankings amongst their peers. This gym nestled in a small town in southern
New Hampshire has been coaching young boys and girls from preschool to collegiate
level with little fanfare for 40 years.
They employ state-of-the-art teaching/coaching methods following each
gymnast carefully. They design a
personalized plan for each child that supports their growth and mastery of
skills over the course of the competitive season. Each year the staff meets with the gymnast
and their families to discuss their future goals. Data is gathered daily to assess the progress
of each gymnast, which determines the path for each gymnast to master skills. The coaching staff works seamlessly with a
multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in areas such as kinesiology, nutrition
and emotional development. In addition,
the coaching staff works with the parent run booster club to arrange social
events for the gymnasts and their families to spend time together in a relaxed
and playful atmosphere that promotes tremendous bonding. This focus on the whole child has not only
yielded top-level gymnasts but has forged relationships that will last a
lifetime. Their understanding of how to
develop the hearts, minds and bodies of these young athletes is what has
produced amazing gymnasts like Kristina Lantz.
The coaches believe it is imperative to coach using the most
sophisticated methodologies available while providing an age-old
MULTIPLE FIRST PLACE ALL AROUND WINS
FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE ACADEMY BOYS 2013
The boys gymnastics team from New Hampshire Academy, NHAAG’s, dominated the podium at the Gymnastics Village Invitational in Amherst, NH on Sunday, February 17. NHAAG’s has trained competitive men and women gymnasts USAG Level 5 through Elite in North Hampton for nearly 40 years.
Reese Landsperger (Level 5) placed first in the All-Around and dominated the podium with 1st place wins on Parallel Bars, High Bar, and Still Rings, Pommel Horse, and Vault. Also in the Level 5 competition, Evan Ferriera (S. Berwick, Maine) placed second with a first place win on Floor and second places on Rings and High Bar. Xander Mavrikis (Rye), also Level 5, placed fifth in the All Around. Dillon Hale (Massachusetts) won first place All Around in the Level 6 competition. Dillon O’Connor (Stratham) won first in the All-Around Level 7 ages 8-10 men’s competition; and George Lantz (Rye) won first place All Around in the Level 7 ages 12+ event, with first place wins on five of the six events.
NHAAG's is hosting an international Men's Gymnastics Competition at Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, on Saturday, February 23rd. The Spanish National Gymnastics Team is traveling to the Seacoast for the event and will compete along with NHAAG's and top male gymnasts from all over New England at 3:00. The Granite Cup is open to the public.
Gymnasts WIN at State Championship 2013
On Sunday, March 17,th
the Men’s Gymnastics State Championship was held in Brentwood, NH. The best
male gymnasts competed to earn a spot at the Regional Championship, which will
be held at Springfield College on April 5-7, 2013.
New Hampshire Academy
of Artistic Gymnastics level 5 gymnast Reece Landsperger (Greenland) swept the
podium with four 1st place wins and two 2nd place wins. Reece came
in 1st in the All-Around with a 64.90 scoring 2 points higher than 2nd
place. Xander Mavrickis (Rye) had two 3rd place wins on Pommel Horse
and High Bar. Evan Ferreira (Eliot, Me) took 3rd on Rings.
In level 6, Dylan
Hale “Spike” (Salisbury, MA) dominated the podium with four first place wins
and two 2nd place wins to take 1st place in the
All-Around, scoring 2.7 points higher than 2nd place.
The NHAAG’s level 7
gymnasts had multiple wins by Dillon O’Conner (Stratham) who took 1st
on Floor and High Bar, and 2nd on Pommel, Rings and Vault. Dillon’s
accomplishments won him 2nd place in the All-Around. Level 7 George
Lantz (Rye) came in 3rd in the All-Around. Also showing strong in
the competition was level 7 gymnast Gabe Pellitier (Amesbury) who won 1st
in the All-Around and clinched six 1st place event wins.
NHAAG’s level 10
gymnasts had great success as well-- Tyler Guilmette (Kingston) placed 1st
on Floor, Vault and the All-Around. Jeff Anderson “Ace” (N. Berwick, Me) came
in 1st on High Bar and 2nd in the All-Around. Jeremy Munn
(York, ME) took 2nd on Floor and Vault.
competition by the NHAAG’s gymnasts is not over yet. Reece Landsperger, Xander
Mavrickis, Dylan “Spike” Hale, Dillon O’Connor, George Lantz, Gabe Pellitier,
Tyler Guilmette, Todd Harriman, Jeff “Ace” Anderson, Tyler Helfrich and Jeremy
Munn will represent the New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics at
Regionals in April.
NHAAGS Gymnasts Dominate Podium at 2013 Level 7/8 Sectionals
On March 24, 2013 the New Hampshire Academy's gymnasts competed at the Level 7/8 Sectionals and Level 9/10 States competition in Hampstead, NH. At the Level 7/8 Sectionals, level 7 Emma Ward (Exeter) had
one of her best meets of the season winning beam (9.25) and placing 2nd
on Floor (9.0). Level 7 Kelly
Pittendreigh finished her season with a 3rd place on Bars. The level 8 gymnasts dominated the podium
with many first place victories. With
her beautiful swinging lines, Katherine Shek (Hampton Falls) won bars
(9.15). Abbie Tyson (Newfields)
performed a beautiful Beam routine and came in 2nd (9.25). Kayci Mencke (Danville) also earned 2nd
place on Beam (9.125) continuing a “zero-fall” Beam season and qualifying her
for States. Strong competitor Ellie
Johnston (Atkinson) showed she means business this season and rocked every
routine, capturing first place All-Around with a 36.55—she also won Bars (9.35)
and Beam (9.15) and took 3rd on Vault (8.9) and Floor (9.15). Emma Ward, Taylor Crawford, Ellie Johnston,
Kayci Mencke, Katherine Shek, and Abbie Tyson have all earned qualifying scores
for the State Competition at Pinkerton Academy on April 6-7, 2013.
NHAAG’s Level 9 Girls Team
Wins Trophy At New Hampshire State Meet 2013
At the Level 9 State Competition, the NHAAG’s girls vied for
the top spots out of all Level 9 New Hampshire competitors. As a team, they walked away with a 3rd
Place trophy. They started strong on
Beam with zero falls, resulting in 2nd Place medals for Cailee
Mallory (Rye) (8.9) and Hanna Tingley (Danville). Hanna also rocketed her piked tsukaraha vault
(9.0) earning her a silver place standing in the state of NH, and hit her Bar
routine to clinch a bronze medal. Senior
Mackenzie Mencke (Danville) placed 4th in New Hampshire on
Vault. Senior Julia Atkins (North
Hampton), a consistent and determined competitor, once again came out strong
with multiple medals. She walks away
with third place titles in the state of New Hampshire on Vault (8.95), Bars
(8.625) and Floor (8.8). Of noteworthy
accomplishment, Julia finished out the competition as a Level 9 Silver Medalist
in the All-Around and has qualified for the Level 9 Regionals to be held at the
MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA April 12-14, 2013.
NHAAG’s Lantz Sisters Win at
New Hampshire State Qualifier 2013
The New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics, located in
North Hampton right off of Route 101, trains boy and girl gymnasts from level 5
through elite. NHAAG’s is the oldest and longest running gymnastics facility in
NH, producing many top athletes, college scholarship competitors, and national
qualifiers over the past 40 years. The training program is top-notch, including
an on-site trainer, massage therapy, and region-recognized floor choreography.
On March 16, 2013, NHAAG’s level 5 and 6 gymnasts competed at
the NH sectionals, a qualifying meet for the State Competition coming up on
April 6, 2013. Two sisters from Rye, NH, Kristina Lantz (8), a little
powerhouse, and Lauren Lantz (11), a picture of elegance, gave stellar
performances on every event, earning them U.S. National rankings. Lauren earned
a 9.75 on Balance Beam, winning that event. She is presently ranked SECOND IN
THE NATION on balance beam out of 8,542 level 6 gymnasts. Kristina, a TOPS
Program competitor earned an astounding 38.0 All-Around, winning the entire
competition—she is now ranked 38th in the nation out of 8,542 level 6
gymnasts. Kristina also won Bars (9.25), Beam (9.55), and Floor (9.75). She
is ranked 13th nationally on Floor. Paige Tull level 5 placed third
on balance beam with a 9.325.
NHAAG’s Awarded Best Floor
Choreography by Tim Daggett Invitational Judges 2013
The gymnasts from
North Hampton’s New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics traveled to
Springfield, MA to compete in internationally renowned and former Olympian Tim
Daggett’s invitational competition, featuring levels 4 through 10 boys and
girls’ gymnastics. The NHAAG’s girls
looked sharp as they performed each event, and they scored well, earning
several places on the podium for each level.
NHAAG’s is well known regionally for its unique floor choreography,
choreographed by it’s own Danielle Datilio and Cheri Mencke. This weekend, a special award was given for
each level of the competition for the floor routines that stood out the
most. The judges took notice of NHAAG’s
and awarded sisters Mackenzie (level 9) and Kayci Mencke (level 8) (Danville,
NH) “BEST FLOOR CHOREOGRAPHY.” Level 8
Kayci Mencke also won floor with a 9.075.
Other highlights include Level 6 Kristina Lantz (Rye) who won Beam
(9.475) and Bars (9.05) and earned 2nd place on Floor with a
9.1. These outstanding scores put her in
2nd place All-Around. Lauren
Lantz (Rye) won 3rd place on Bars and Floor. Level 8 Abbie Tyson (Newfields) came in 2nd
on Floor (9.05) and 3rd on Beam. The NHAAG’s level 9 gymnasts also
showed strong and all qualified for Level 9 States, to be held on March 24,
2013. Julia Atkins (North Hampton) earned 2nd on Vault (9.0750), 1st
on Bars, 2nd on Floor (8.825), and 2nd All-Around. Cailee Mallory (Rye) placed 3rd on
Beam and 3rd on Floor (8.75).
Mackenzie Mencke (Danville) came in 2nd on Beam (8.45) and 3rd
All-Around. Hanna Tingley (Danville) hit
Vault (9.1) and Floor (9.025) earning 2nd place on both events.
New Hampshire Gymnasts Win Big in Texas 2013
The gymnastics team from
New Hampshire Academy, NHAAG’s, traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, from January
25th – 28th, 2013 to compete at the Metroplex Challenge, one of the largest
gymnastics meets in the world, featuring NCAA teams and top club gymnasts from
around the country. NHAAG’s has trained competitive men and women gymnasts USAG
Level 5 through Elite in North Hampton for nearly 40 years.
NHAAG’s gymnasts rocked
the Texas podiums! Level 6 Lauren Lantz (Rye) got first place on
beam with a score of 9.675. Her sister, Kristina
Lantz (Rye) got 4th place on Bars and 3rd in the All-Around. The Level 7 team
had remarkable scores with Emma Ward’s (Exeter) Vault of 9.225 and Uneven Bars
of 9.35; Taylor Crawford (Maine) had a 9.225 on Bars. Ellie Johnston (Atkinson)
on NHAAG’s Level 8 team scored her personal best with an All Around of 36.825,
placing third on Vault with a 9.4 and sixth on Bars and Floor.Katherine Shek (Hampton Falls) also earned her personal best as a
level 8 with an All Around score of 36.725 and placed 4th on Vault (9.3) and
3rd on Bars (9.425.) Cailee
Mallory (Rye) was the Level 9 beam champion and also placed 4th on Floor. Hanna
Tingley (Danville, Level 9) earned second place
At the men’s
competition, Reese Landsperger (Level 5) placed first in the All-Around and
dominated the podium with 1st place wins on every event. Notably,
Gabe Pelletier (Newburyport, MA) placed first in the All-Around Level 7 men’s
competition with first place wins on Floor, Parallel Bars, High Bar, and Still
NHAAG's is hosting an
international Men's Gymnastics Competition at Winnacunnet High School, Hampton,
on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013. The Spanish National Gymnastics Team is traveling to the
Seacoast for the event and will compete along with NHAAG's and top male
gymnasts from New England at 1:00pm. The Granite Cup is
open to the public-- come and enjoy some top notch boys gymnastics
NHAAGS Wins Big at Team Challenge 2013
On Feb 15-17, 2013 the New Hampshire Academy of Artistic Gymnastics (NHAAG's) had a successful weekend in Danbury, CT at the Women's Gymnastics Levels 4-10 Team Challenge, hosted by Gym Revolution. Teams from Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Massacusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire came together to compete for top standings on each event and in the all-around. Notably, NHAAG's Level 6 gymnast Lauren Lantz (Rye, NH) earned an outstanding 9.825 on balance beam, winning that event.As a result, Lauren is ranked #1 in the country for USAG level 6 beam.Her sister, Kristina Lantz won bars with a 9.1, and won floor with a 9.625. She came in 3rd place in the all-around with a stellar 37.5. Level 7 Taylor Crawford (York, ME) took 2nd on vault with a 9.325. Taylor, along with Kelly Pittendreigh (Exeter, NH), competed their first all-around meet and qualified for level 7 sectionals. Level 8 Ellie Johnston (Atkinson,NH) showed up strong and earned 2nd on bars (9.4) and 2nd on beam (9.05) and came in 3rd in the all-around with a 36.6. Kayci Mencke (Danville, NH) and Abbie Tyson (Newfields,NH) competed their first level 8 all-around meet of the 2013 season and qualified for level 8 sectionals. Level 9 Julia Atkins earned a place on every event scoring a 9.0 on vault (2nd place), 8.55 on bars (3rd place), 8.5 on beam (2nd place), 8.825 on floor (1st place) and 34.875 all-around (2nd place). Level 9 Mackenzie Mencke (Danville, NH) earned 3rd place on beam.
NHAAGS Kicks Off 2012-2013 Meet Season
The gymnasts of NHAAGS recently kicked off their meet season with their annual Mixed Pairs Meet. This annual tradition allows the team gymnasts a chance to perfect their routines, get feedback from judges and prepare for the upcoming season!
NHAAGS TRAINS IN SPAIN
The Nhaags Team made it to Barcelona safe and sound
early this morning. The plane ride was nice and smooth and Baby Lucy was a
perfect little girl. We traveled in 4 cars to our Flat in the heart of
Barcelona. Alvaro (coach of the men's Jr. National team and our friend) and his
girlfriend Miriam settled us in and left us to organize our thoughts and relax
for a bit.
They met us back at our Flat at 3:00 pm. We walked
the city and saw and learned so many wonderful things. Towards the end of the
night Alvaro and Miriam had a surprise for us. Miriam's brother is Ruban Lopez.
Who is Ruben Lopez you ask? Ruben is on the 2012 Olympic Gymnastics Team. We
talked, walked the city and took pictures before saying good night.
It was another
great day under our belt. Alvaro met us at our flat at 10:30 am and we were
off. We walked to the sea and then had lunch on the water. Alvaro is a
wonderful tour guide. We are learning all about the culture and the ins and
outs of the city. Lunch was fantastic; we had common Barcelona dishes (Tapas
and Paella). Tapas are finger foods that you share and Paella is a rice dish.
At 4:00 we left
to go to Saint Boi. Brett and the girls had a great workout with the team. At Saint
Boi they have the beam, floor and bars that were used in the 1992 Olympic
Games. The same equipment that the Gold Medalist Shannon Miller, Dominique
Dawes, Kerry Strug and Kim Zmeskal competed on. To be able to train on the same
equipment is pretty amazing. Alvaro surprised us again and told us that on
Wednesday we could train at the University of Barcelona. Tomorrow the gymnast
and coaches are off to the Spanish National Training Center. The training
center is a city within itself it is equivalent to out Olympic training Center.
It has a hospital, restaurants housing and every training facility for every
Olympic sport. This should be very exciting. Till tomorrow.....
Day 3 SPAIN UPDATE
What another life
changing day! Alvaro came and picked up the gymnast and coaches at 10:30 am and
they were off to the National Training Center. To enter the Training Center you
had to go through a high security with extensive questioning (only certain
people are allowed to enter). The center is a beautiful one year old states of
the art facility nestled in the mountains 20 minutes from Barcelona in the cozy
town of Catalunya. The men's and women's gymnastics facility alone is 75,000
sq. ft. with windows on 3 sides giving a panoramic view of the mountains. They
also had an Olympic sized swimming pool where the synchronized swimming team
trained. The same team that won silver in London. We also found out that the
Olympian and his girlfriend (Anna Pratt) that we met and hung out with on our
first day, well Anna is the Jr. European 3m diving champion.
The gymnast trained a
morning session with the men's and women's Jr. National team. Consisting mostly
of conditioning formal dance instruction and a couple of events.
We went to eat a native
lunch in the quaint Catalunya center and then returned to the training center
for a second 3 hr. session. We enjoyed meeting and training with the girls and
boys and their coaches.
Some of the coaches that
we blessed with training with:
-Oscar, former Olympic
gymnast at Barcelona. Oscar went to college in Texas and was coached by Kelly
Crumley. Oscar also trains our friend Javier.
-3 other Olympic coaches
were there too.
Shopping Shopping. How fun. Of course we say some amazing sights also. The
Gaudi House and Paca De La Sagrada Familia (it has been in construction for 100
years and they say will take about 100 years to finish). It was incredible.
The day started out with
a trip to Montserrat (a famous mountain top monastery). We traveled in 3 cars
about one hour to the monastery. There we wandered around the cathedral and
viewed the famous Black Madonna. The view from the mountain was exquisite. Inside
the cathedral was the most magnificent architecture that I had ever seen. This
was Alvaro's first time visiting the monastery too. We then traveled to the
mountain town of Manresa the capital of Bages. The gym school was named Egiba.
It was a small gym inside of a warehouse like building. Egiba is run by a
childhood competitor of Alvaro. They have stayed friends throughout the years
and he also trains the National men's team with Alvaro. Our gymnast trained
with girls and boys from the Spanish national team and Egiba's local team. I
couldn't believe how mentally and physically tough these gymnasts are. You can
see by the pictures that they do not have a state of the art facility. What you
cannot tell from these pictures is that the floor is totally slanted (beams,
bars and all) and these 9 year girls and boys are running up hill jumping off a
double board and flipping pike tsukaharas by themselves. The boys and girls
tumble up hill and do double backs and triple fulls on a foam tumbling strip.
They do beam series and flips on slanted beams. The girls compete 4 meets a
year and then the 5th is nationals.
As Jenn, Callie, Jake
and I watched we were amazed at their strength. Not once did you ever hear
anyone complain or make an excuse. They were so happy and grateful for what
they were doing. It was heartwarming to see and feel their kindness. Lucy even
joined in on her second gymnastics class in Spain. We left with kisses to both
checks to all of new friends.
After training we came
back to Barcelona to eat. It was also Fashion Night on the main shopping street
in Barcelona. We walked to eat then shopped and walked around during fashion
night. It was very cool. We shopped in a Barcelona store called Birshka. In the
shop you could wait in line to have your hair and/or makeup done by
professional stylist. Everyone around us was dressed up and having fun. It was
an experience that I have never seen before. Fashion Night is only held twice a
year in Barcelona.
LAST DAY! DAY 6
What a trip! This morning
Talia and Brett trained at the Olympic mountain and the girls went to the Gaudi
park and shopped (there body's needed to rest). We meet Alvaro at 4:00 pm to go
to San Boi for the last training session. Jenn and I stayed back and shopped
for food and prepared the good bye feast for 30. We spent the night talking and
enjoying each other’s company. See everyone Monday.
Tomorrow we have many
options for the morning and then we will train in San Boi with a special event
NHAAG’s Gymnasts Score Big at Men's Regional's
This past weekend the NHAAG's boys team competed in Braintree, MA in the USAG Region 6 Regional Championship. The USAG Region 6 consists of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, and Rhode Island. The top boys that earned their spot in each of their states through an intense states competition competed at this Regional Championship. Brett Balser (North Hampton), George Lantz (Rye), Dillon O'Connor (Stratham), Christopher Holden (North Hampton), Dacha Thurber (Exeter), Nathaniel Hayward (Wells, Ma) and Todd Harriman (Stratham) made up the level 6 boys team which walked away with the first place trophy for Region 6. In addition, Brett Balser had individual wins of 2nd place on Pommel (15.8), 3rd on High Bar (15.2) and 1st place in the All-Around. George Lantz won Pommel with a 15.9. Todd Harriman placed 2nd on Parallel Bars (15.1). Dillon O'Connor placed 3rd on Floor (15.8), 3rd on Rings (14.7). For the first time, this year Region 6 is mimicking (from all the other Regions in the country) a developmental team. This team takes the top 12 gymnasts in Region 6 and forms a special developmental team. This team will represent Region 6 in competition throughout the United States. NHAAG’s gymnasts Brett Balser, George Lantz and Dillon O'Connor earned spots this weekend on the Region 6 Developmental Team. NHAAG's level 7 gymnast Gabe Pelletier came in 2nd on Parallel Bars (14.8). Keenan McDermott (Seabrook), a level 9 gymnast, placed 2nd on floor and 1st on Vault. Tyler Guilimette, also a level 9 gymnast, came in 1st in the all-around.
NHAAG’s Gymnasts Capture Champion Titles at 2012 States
New Hampshire’s top gymnasts came together to compete at the 2012 USAG Women’s State competition March 30th -April 1st in Stratham. NHAAG’s, a top-notch Level 5 through elite gymnastics training facility for nearly 40 years in North Hampton, proved to be a fierce competitor, walking away with several State Championship titles. Level 5 Lauren Lantz (Rye, NH) scored an astounding 9.7 on Balance Beam, taking 2nd. After an elegant and near perfect Floor routine, she scored another 9.7, earning her the Level 5 Floor Champion title. Her sister, Kristina Lantz, came in Third in the state on Floor. The Level 6 girls also showed up strong with a hit meet. Notably, Taylor Crawford (York, ME) took 2nd on Vault with a 9.55, 2nd on Balance Beam with a 9.325, 2nd on Floor with a 9.15, and is ranked 3rd in the State with a 36.625 in the All-Around. Emma Ward (Exeter, NH) placed 3rd on Bars (9.15), and Kelly Pittendreigh (Exeter, NH) earned 4th on Bars with a 9.025. The Level 7 gymnasts walked away with two State Champion titles. Imali Kegode (Newfields, NH) dazzled the crowd with her energetic, African-style floor routine and became the N.H. Floor Champion (9.45). Kayci Mencke (Danville, NH) performed a steady, clean beam routine, continuing her streak of zero falls the entire competitive season, and earned the title of N.H. Beam Champion (9.175). The Level 8 girls, Abbie Tyson (Newfields, NH), Callie Balser (Exeter, NH), and Kaleha Kegode (Newfields, NH) proved strong by all qualifying for Regionals, to be held at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, ME April 28-29. Eleven-year-old Abbie Tyson was hungry for success, and came in First on every event and is the Level 8 N.H. State All-Around Champion. Her tenacity earned her a spot on the premiere Super 7 Team at the Regional competition. Kaleha Kegode, with her beautiful swinging lines, hit her bar set with a stuck dismount and became the Level 8 N.H. Uneven Bars Champion (9.45). Callie Balser came in 3rd on Balance Beam and Floor. The Level 9 girls enjoyed success as well with Cailee Mallory (Rye, NH) earning 2nd on the Uneven Bars and 4th on Vault. Julia Atkins (North Hampton, NH) walked away with 3rd on Vault, 3rd on Uneven Bars, 3rd on Floor, and 4th in the All-Around earning her a spot at Level 9 Regionals, to be held at the Danvers High School in Danvers, MA on April 20-22.
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NHAAG’s Gymnasts Capture Champion Titles at 2012 States
New Hampshire’s top gymnasts came together to compete at the 2012 USAG Women’s State competition March 30th -April 1st in Stratham.NHAAG’s, a top-notch Level 5 through elite gymnastics training facility for nearly 40 years in North Hampton, proved to be a fierce competitor, walking away with several State Championship titles.Level 5 Lauren Lantz (Rye, NH) scored an astounding 9.7 on Balance Beam, taking 2nd.After an elegant and near perfect Floor routine, she scored another 9.7, earning her the Level 5 Floor Champion title.Her sister, Kristina Lantz, came in Third in the state on Floor.The Level 6 girls also showed up strong with a hit meet.Notably, Taylor Crawford (York, ME) took 2nd on Vault with a 9.55, 2nd on Balance Beam with a 9.325, 2nd on Floor with a 9.15, and is ranked 3rd in the State with a 36.625 in the All-Around.Emma Ward (Exeter, NH) placed 3rd on Bars (9.15), and Kelly Pittendreigh (Exeter, NH) earned 4th on Bars with a 9.025.The Level 7 gymnasts walked away with two State Champion titles.Imali Kegode (Newfields, NH) dazzled the crowd with her energetic, African-style floor routine and became the N.H. Floor Champion (9.45).Kayci Mencke (Danville, NH) performed a steady, clean beam routine, continuing her streak of zero falls the entire competitive season, and earned the title of N.H. Beam Champion (9.175).The Level 8 girls, Abbie Tyson (Newfields, NH), Callie Balser (Exeter, NH), and Kaleha Kegode (Newfields, NH) proved strong by all qualifying for Regionals, to be held at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, ME April 28-29.Eleven-year-old Abbie Tyson was hungry for success, and came in First on every event and is the Level 8 N.H. State All-Around Champion.Her tenacity earned her a spot on the premiere Super 7 Team at the Regional competition.Kaleha Kegode, with her beautiful swinging lines, hit her bar set with a stuck dismount and became the Level 8 N.H. Uneven Bars Champion (9.45).Callie Balser came in 3rd on Balance Beam and Floor.The Level 9 girls enjoyed success as well with Cailee Mallory (Rye, NH) earning 2nd on the Uneven Bars and 4th on Vault.Julia Atkins (North Hampton, NH) walked away with 3rd on Vault, 3rd on Uneven Bars, 3rd on Floor, and 4th in the All-Around earning her a spot at Level 9 Regionals, to be held at the Danvers High School in Danvers, MA on April 20-22.
NHAAG’s Gymnasts Surpass the Challenge at Local Gymnastics Competition
At the “2012 Winter Carnival,” NHAAG’s gymnasts competed at the Co-operative Middle School in Stratham, NH. The NHAAG’s Level 5 -9 teams came home with multiple wins. Notably, Lauren Lantz (Rye—Level 5) won Beam with a 9.5.Her sister, Kristina Lantz (Rye—Level 5), won Beam (9.225) and placed third on Uneven Bars (9.1), third on Floor (9.025) and second in the All-Around. The Level 6 team also came out strong with Katherine Shek (Hampton Falls) earning the Level 6 Winter Carnival Champion All-Around title, along with coming in second on Vault (9.025), and first on Uneven Bars (9.05) and Floor (9.4).Katherine’s teammate, Taylor Crawford (York, ME) came in close behind, securing the second place All-Around title, along with an impressive third on vault (9.0) and second on floor (9.3). NHAAG’s Level 7 team had wins from Rachel Wolters (Brentwood), who placed second on Uneven Bars (8.625), and Imali Kegode (Newfields), who placed third on Beam (9.0). For Level 8, Kaleha Kegode (Newfields) earned the silver medal in the All-Around, along with first place on Vault (9.15). The Level 9 NHAAG’s team added to a successful weekend with a second place finish in the team competition.Julia Atkins (North Hampton) placed first on Uneven Bars, and second on Vault, Beam, Floor and the All-Around; Mackenzie Mencke (Danville) came in third on Vault, Beam, Floor and the All-Around; and Maura Bourke (Hampton) came in third on the Uneven Bars.
NHAAG’s Has Multiple Wins at 2012 Winter Carnival Gymnastics Competition
This past weekend, at a local competition, boy and girl gymnasts from NHAAG’s of North Hampton, NH competed and won. The boys Level 6 team took first place with individual wins. In the 8-10 year olds, Brett Balser (North Hampton) won Pommel Horse (14.8) and High Bar (15), took second place (14.7) on Parallel Bars, and won the All-Around. Dacha Thurber (Exeter) came in second (14.9) on Floor. Dillon O’Connor (Stratham) came in third (14.4) on Still Rings, second (14.4) on Vault, and third (14.9) on High Bar. In the 12-year-old age division, George Lantz (Rye) came in second (14.6) on Pommel, second (14) on Still Rings, first (14.3) on Vault, first on Parallel Bars (13.7), and second in the All-Around. NHAAG’s Level 7 team had wins from Gabe Pellitier (Newburyport, Ma) who came in first place on Floor and Parallel Bars, and second place on Still Rings, Pommel and High Bar; he took first place in the All-Around. The level 8 – 10 team also rocked the podium with numerous wins. Keenan McDermott (Level 8 from Hampton) came in second on Vault and third on Floor; Tyler Guilemette (Level 8 from Kingston) placed third on Parallel Bars and the All-Around; Connor Lyons (Level 10 from Kingston) came in first on Parallel Bars and High Bar, second on Vault and Floor, and first in the All-Around; Tyler Helfrich (Level 10 from Exeter) came in first on Floor and Still Rings, and third in the All-Around. Jeremy Munn (Level 10 from Elliott, ME) placed first on Vault and second on High Bar. The Optional Level Team placed second.