South Carolina’s male gymnasts were forced to reckon with Cayman athlete Igor Magalhaes who outshone his nearest competitors by 4.80 points in the Boys Level 5 division of the Crown of the Carolina’s Gymnastics meet.
The gymnast from Motions Unlimited placed first on floor, rings, parallel bars and high bar, well deserving of All-Around winner in his division on 19 November. Also scoring notable marks were Keifer Ebanks who earned second place on floor, parallel bars, third on pommel horse and third place All-Around.
Christopher Touhey outshone many of his competitors scoring a third place on the vault and parallel bars which placed him fifth overall in his age division. The boys team for Motions Cayman won the first place team trophy.
Motions Unlimited’s female gymnasts had their chance to shine on the mats Saturday morning. Kylie Porter Level 3 dazzled the crowd by placing third on beam, floor and capturing the third place All-Around position.
Leah Alberga gave a strong demonstration of her skills on the floor which earned her a second place standing and fifth place All–Around. Kaylee Mellaneo performed solid routines placing her in the 10 position All–Around. The girls performed so well they earned Motions the third place team trophy.
Level 4 gymnasts Fiona Cockhill and Arielle Farley competed in a large group of same skilled athletes. Farley won the beam event placing her sixth place All-Around and Cockhill did well on the bars and floor securing her an All-Around place of eighth.
Level 5 gymnast from Motions had a remarkable day on the mats. Chanel Parchment took the first place All-Around position with a strong win on the bars and a lovely third place floor routine.
Morgan Lloyd made a great run to the vault with a second place and a third place on the bars earning her a well deserved third All-Around position. Haley Willkom wowed the crowd with a first in the vault and tumbled her way to a second place floor ranking earning her a fifth position All-Around.
Destiny Campbell competed intensely, earning her a third in the floor position, great score on bars and an All–Around position of third place.
Giselle Ebanks, sister to Keifer, proved strong arms run in the family by her earning a second place bar victory and sixth All-Around. Jade Hernandez performed a strong vault and an eighth place All-Around.
Youngest team member in this level, Raegan Rutty, proved her athletic ability with a solid vault performance earning her a third place victory and a third place All–Around triumph. The Level 5 girls scored so well they earned a team trophy of fourth place.
The oldest teammates Lauren Hill and Katie Scott performed their level 7 routines for the first time in front of a crowd. Hill’s graceful floor performance earned her a score of 9.05 while capturing the eighth place All-Around position leaving Scott to score a 9.5 on vault which earned her a second place victory and a position of ninth place All–Around. The girls did not have enough members to compete for a team trophy.
Bernice Scott of Motions Limited said; “Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association members are very proud of the athletes and thank the coaches and parents for their efforts and support. In total 1,300 gymnasts from around the north coast of the United States and Barbados where represented. Any members of the public who may wish to support the team members are encouraged to go to the Cayman Airways homepage and donate miles into the travel fund for our athletes.”