Photo by Alison Gault.
0312 MBHS Gymnastics
Level 7 gymnasts won the first place Team Ward: Amelia Pak, Carolyn Calvert-Grimes, Sophia Rodriguez, Kassey Lundberg, Bethanne Austin, Lane Allen, Carsyn Queen, Iyanna Ray.
On Jan. 27 and 28, Mountain Brook Gymnastics hosted the first annual Magic City Invitational gymnastics meet. There were 326 registered athletes representing 20 gyms from all over the state of Alabama, as well as from Georgia and Tennessee.
The competitors ranged from the pint-sized-but-powerful beginners all the way up to a recent signee to the second-ranked University of Alabama Gymnastics Team, Carley Sims. The crowd was wowed by this top-ranked gymnast as she performed vertical leaps and spins the likes of which few in the crowd had ever witnessed in person.
Our own Mountain Brook teams also fired up the crowds and wowed the judges with their stellar performances. The Mountain Brook Gymnastics Level 7 Team finished with top honors as they received the first place team award after Friday night’s competition. The host teams also performed strongly during Saturday’s competition, with the Mountain Brook Gymnastics Level 8 and 9 teams each finishing in third place.
Mountain Brook Gymnastics also had several individual award winners over the course of the two-day meet. On Friday night, Level 7 team member Lane Allen received individual first place medals for her performances on Vault, Uneven Bars, and as the All-Around Champion. Her teammate Kassey Lundberg also had a great night, winning the top medals as Beam Champion and Floor Exercise Champion.
The next day also brought lots of medals for our Level 8, Level 9 and Level 10 team members. Most notably, from the Level 8 team, Caiti Queen won the first place award for All-Around Champion, while teammate McKenzi King received the top medal as the Uneven Bars Champion.
The awards continued into the last session of the day, when the Level 9 and 10 teams competed. Anna Parrish of the Level 9 team grabbed the top medals for her outstanding performance on the Uneven Bars, and for being the All-Around Champion. Finally, the MB Level 10 team was well represented by Brooke Kelly, who won the first place awards for Vault, Balance Beam and All-Around Champion.
The Mountain Brook Gymnastics Optional Team is coached by Helen Nabors, Michelle Dent, Sharon Griffin, Robert Dillard and Phillip Acton.