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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 Stars is 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 Stars training 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 with 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 Stars team 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 Stars competition 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 earn scores that will qualify him to join the National Junior Development Team being formed. This preparation begins the arduous process of developing and training elite gymnasts to in time compete as members of the U.S. Junior Olympic Team.

 

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 caliber NHAAGS 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 ingredient-heart.  


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.


NHAAG’s 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.

 

The incredible 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 – 28th2013 to compete at the Metroplex Challenge, one of the largest gymnastics meets in the worldfeaturing 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 on Beam.  

 

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 Rings.

 

NHAAG's is hosting an international Men's Gymnastics Competition at Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, on Saturday, February 23rd2013. 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 competition!

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
Day 1
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.
Day 2
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.
 
Day 4
 
Shopping 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.
 
Day 5
 
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 that night.
 
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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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