Both boys’ and girls’ teams represented Motions Unlimited at the 2014 Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational in Orlando, Florida at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
In the second meet of the Motions 2013-2014 season, the competitive team gymnasts performed well last month against very tough competition from some 150 gyms of 30 American states, including international competitors from Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
The girls’ team demonstrated grace and skill on four events – bars, beam, floor and vault. To start, 7-year-old Emmi Daykin took seventh place overall in her age group for Level three earning medals in three of the four events. Level three team mate, 8-year-old Jaiden Gilbert also improved her overall meet score in her age group winning a medal for her beam event.
The dynamic duo demonstrated their talent in each event overseen by Coach Kelley Paz in the Jostens Center gym while simultaneously Coach Alison Gansebom guided the boys’ team at the men’s competition, held across the complex in the HP Field House gym. The boys’ team showed their strength on six events – floor, parallel bars, rings, pommel horse, high bar and vault. Igor Magalhaes had top scores for the boys with a sixth place finish on vault and parallel bars. Roger Cockhill, Sebastian Adapa and Jakub Neveril also performed well in their respective age groups against tough competition.
Showing a strong finish, Raegan Rutty moved up her personal scores on bars and floor and in the all-around category for her age group compared to her results at the Crown of the Carolinas meet in November 2013. This follows an outstanding performance for Raegan at the Atlantis Crown meet in the Bahamas in December where she earned record-breaking scores on vault (9.525), floor (9.30) and bars (9.25), taking home the bronze medal in the all–around for her age group.
National team member Morgan Lloyd took an impressive bronze all-around with silver on beam and bronze on vault. Morgan also posted personal best scores on vault and beam and in the all-around category for her age group compared to her results in the November meet.
The Motions team looks forward to their final meet of the season in Tampa at the Gasparilla Classic on Feb. 28 – March 2. Twelve gymnasts, the largest group to compete for the season, will showcase their hard work and dedication hoping to bring home more medals and personal bests.