Gymnasts limber up at elite level

Cayman gymnasts kicked off the season with strong results at the Manhattan Classic and the Sand Dollar invitational last week.  

Morgan Lloyd, Raegan Rutty and coach Kelley Paz, representing Motions Unlimited, were welcomed with the Cayman national anthem at the Manhattan Classic, in Pier 94 in New York.  

Besides Cayman, the meet featured 2,500 gymnasts from all over the U.S. and Canada who competed in four disciplines over three days.  

The personal best scores posted by both Cayman girls this early in the season were encouraging.  

Lloyd, who represented Cayman at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, took silver on bars and all-around at the event.  

Rutty took a top 10 finish on vault, with personal bests on vault, floor and all-around in an extremely competitive age group. 

Sami Peene, who trains with Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics in Florida, has two competitions under her belt already this year: the San Francisco Classic in early January and the Sand Dollar Invitational at Disney’s Wide World of Sports last week.  

Peene earned gold on bars with a 9.6 and bronze on beam and all-around at the Sand Dollar meet. 

The team of Lloyd, Rutty and Peene, along with Cayman’s top male gymnast, Igor Magalhaes, are working toward qualifying for this summer’s Island Games in Ynys Mon, Wales in July.  

Lloyd is also aiming for a team place at the Pan American Games in Toronto.  

The athletes train 20 hours a week and will prepare for these competitions by competing in invitational meets in Florida to measure their skills against some of the strongest gymnasts in the U.S.  

Rutty, 13, will team up with veteran Lloyd to measure her skills again in early March, competing in the national open category at Gymnix International in Montreal.  

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Raegan Rutty, coach Kelley Paz and Morgan Lloyd made an impact in New York.
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