New Hampshire's regular season for high school gymnastics ended on Saturday with the State Championships, hosted at Salem High School. Pinkerton Academy won the title for the third time in 4 seasons, followed by Bishop Guertin and Londonderry. All three teams (and the top 7 individual finishers per event) have qualified to the High School New England Championships, a regional championship that will be hosted by Pinkerton in March.
I for one love high school gymnastics for a variety of reasons. It's a different kind of competition outside of the club world, encourages girls from different clubs to come together as teammates, and gives girls the opportunity to participate in gymnastics, whether for the first time or because they have retired from competing through USAG. High school gymnastics has a wide range of abilities from beginners to seasoned level 10s. I love that some of our girls choose to do high school, because it gives them more competitive experience in front of a judge and boosts their confidence. Though I do not coach high school (where would I find the time to do that?), I am one of the officials and I really love judging high school. The wide range of abilities keeps me on my toes and helps hone my judging skills! I judged floor at States, which I love doing because I love watching all different styles of floor routines (and it's probably one of the easier events to judge in high school!).
We have several current team members who participate in high school: Chloe, Kelsey, and Miss Katelynn (Pinkerton), Heather (Manchester Memorial), Kathryn (Windham), Lindsey (Bedford), and Hannah (Goffstown). We also have countless former SGA gymnasts competing for Londonderry, Campbell, and more. Three former Spectrum gymnasts (Heather Tuden, Miss Emily, and her sister Rachel) coach the Londonderry team, and they hold most of their practices here at Spectrum.
So how did our SGA gymnasts do in the field of 140 gymnasts?
Hannah - 32nd vault, 17th bars, 20th beam, 34th floor, 17th AA
Lindsey - 35th vault, 26th bars, 19th beam, 31st floor, 22nd AA
Heather - 37th vault, 38th bars, 16th beam, 42nd floor, 28th AA
Chloe - 16th beam
Katelynn served as PA's team manager, Kelsey was a reserve on the team, and Kathryn did not compete due to a recent appendix surgery but were all there to support their high school and Spectrum teammates!
Congratulations to Pinkerton Academy on their undefeated season and to all the competitors who competed at States! Good luck to Londonderry at New Englands! Make SGA proud!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
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About the Author
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!