Aerials gymnasts have good start to season

Dave Mathieson
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Aerials Gymnastics Club athletes proudly show the ribbons and medals they won last weekend at the Dartmouth Titans Invitational Tournament. The gymnasts are: (front row) Allison Wright, Mikayla Horton, (middle row, from left) Kirsten Lawrence, Alena Rhindress, Emma Sjanic, Megan Cole, Juliana LeBlanc, Jessica Landry, Taylor Strickland, Molly Davis, (back, from far left) Emily Bacon, Nicole Bailey, Felicia Landry, Kirsten Mason and Imogen Quinn. 

AMHERST – An early start to the gymnastics season didn’t hurt the outcome for Amherst Aerials Gymnastics Club athletes.

“The first tournament was two week earlier than usual, so I was a little worried, but they did really well. They surprised me,” said Michelle Landry, Aerials coach, when discussing the Dartmouth Titans Invitational, which they attended over the weekend.

As is often the case with Aerials gymnasts, they did very well on the beam.

“This weekend we had three girls who won beam, and then we had a few in second place on the beam,” said Landry.

Also, Novice 1 gymnast Nicole Bailey finished first overall.

“Nicole has always been a very hard worker,” said Landry. “It is nice to see her hard work pay off and I hope that this will boost her confidence and lead to a successful year.”

She said the meet in Dartmouth was a wake-up call for some of the gymnasts, especially the club’s two most senior gymnasts – Kirsten Mason and Felicia Landry.

“Maybe they’ll start to work harder,” said Landry.

Felicia is a Grade 12 student at Amherst Regional High School and it is her last year in gymnastics.

“I want to do well in my final year and end with a bang,” said Felicia.

It is Kirsten’s second last year in gymnastics.

“My goal is to work on the skills I have trouble with and support my teammates,” she said.

The Aerials team is made up of girls from all ages.

“We have four new girls, and we have three or four younger girls, three or four of the older girls, and a good mix in between those ages,” said Landry.

Last year the Aerials hosted the provincial championships at ARHS. They won’t be hosting provincials this year but will still be hosting their annual March Break Invitational at ARHS.

“We had our first planning meeting tonight (Wednesday), so we’re ready to take on the challenge again,” said Landry. “I think it’s going to seem a little easier this year because we only have the one meet, and after hosting provincials last year that was a lot of extra work, so this year should go smoothly.”

Next weekend the girls travel to Charlottetown where they will compete in the Prince Edward Classic in the newly renovated ballrooms at the Delta Price Edward Hotel.

The results from the Titans Invitational is as follows:

Mikayla Horton - 4th beam, 5th floor, 10th overall

Taylor Strickland - 5th bars, 10th floor

Nicole Bailey 2nd vault, 2nd bars, 1st beam, 1st floor, 1st overall

Imogen Quinn - 1st vault, 7th bars, 9th beam, 4th floor, 4th overall

Alena Rhindress - 10th vault, 4th bars, 4th, beam, 5th floor, 8th overall

Megan Cole - 5th vault, 2nd bars, 4th beam 6th floor, 4th overall

Kirsten Mason - 2nd floor

Jessica Landry - 2nd vault, 2nd bars, 1st beam, 7th floor, 2nd overall

Emily Bacon - 6th vault, 10th bars, 2nd beam, 9th floor, 7th overall

Juliana LeBlanc - 7th bars, 6th beam, 8th floor, 8th overall

Molly Davis - 9th beam

Kirsten Lawrence - 9th bars, 1st beam, 6th overall

Emma Sjanic - 10th vault

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Amherst Aerials Gymnastics Club, Dartmouth Titans Invitational Delta Price Edward Hotel

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Charlottetown

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