Saturday was the New Hampshire High School State Championships, hosted at Salem High School. Several Spectrum gymnasts and former Spectrum gymnasts competed in the meet, representing Londonderry, Pinkerton, Campbell, and more. SGA owner Sean Delisle and coach Emily Panacopoulos coach the Londonderry Lancers, who placed fourth at the meet. Salem took the state title, Bishop Guertin took second (an amazing achievement for a new team!), and the reigning champions, Pinkerton, took third.
High school gymnastics for many can be a refreshing change from competing on the club circuit. Where club gymnastics is more individually based, high school gymnastics introduces the concept of competing for a team. Six gymnasts usually compete each event, and the top four scores count towards the team total. Only two gymnasts on the team can compete in the All-Around in a given meet, to encourage more gymnasts to make line ups. High school gymnastics also gives gymnasts the opportunity to continue to compete who may have quit at the club level.
Christina warming up balance beam
The most unique thing about high school gymnastics is that even if a high school doesn't have a gymnastics team, an individual or a few individuals can still compete and represent their school as "independents". They are obviously not eligible for a team title but can still represent their school and compete for a chance for an individual title. Christina, a level 8 gymnast at Spectrum, is a freshman at Campbell High School and competes as an independent. She travels and practices with Londonderry and Coach Sean acts as her official coach.
At the State Championships, the top two teams (in this case, Salem and Bishop Guertin), and the top 6 individual gymnasts in each event and in the All-Around move on to the New England Regional Championships. SGA's very own Jordan Dufresne had the highest individual All-Around for Londonderry, and placed 17th. She is only a freshman is in the top 20 in the state! She was also the highest placement for the Lancers on vault (14th), and beam (11th). Londonderry's other All-Arounder, Miranda Marchetti, placed 19th, as well as 16th on bars and 11th on beam (tied with her teammate Jordan). Kayla Robbins had the highest floor placement for Londonderry (15th). Christina Marra of Campbell placed 28th in the All-Around (including 14th on vault).
The high school gymnastics season might be over for many, but we want to wish every New Hampshire gymnast moving on to compete at New Englands the best of luck!
Remember, Spectrum will be OPEN next week during February vacation! Going away? No problem! Our make-up policy is one of the most accommodating in the business. Call or stop by the office to schedule.
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
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Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!