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January 13, 2014

Dream It excels at Atlanta Crown Invitational

TIFTON — Several members of the Dream It Gymnastics competitive team traveled to Atlanta last weekend, where they competed in one of the largest meets in the southeastern United States, the Atlanta Crown Invitational. It turned into a good weekend for the gymnasts as they came back with many honors.

Led by Emma Chafin, Dream It sent 10 gymnasts to Atlanta, and the club more than held its own with some of the top programs in the country.  

Chafin competes Level 5 and placed 1st overall with a team leading 35.650 points.  She placed 1st on vault, 2nd on beam and 3rd on floor.  

“Emma is the type of young athlete who comes into the gym and goes to work.  She is focused and motivated.  We are excited for her and glad her hard work is paying off,” said Dream It coach Alexa Bergeron. “When you win overall at Crown, you have accomplished something."

Dream It’s Level 4 team made a very respectable showing in this huge meet by placing 5th, competing against over 30 teams at this level.  

“Our Level 4 team is so rewarding to work with.  They truly like one another, encourage one another and make one another better,” Bergeron said, "And what’s really exciting, is they are all so young.”  

Randa Cooper led the team with a 35.425, followed by Ansleigh Hill with a 35.025.  Cooper finished 3rd all-around and 2nd on vault, while Hill also placed 3rd all-around and 3rd on beam.  Also excelling in Atlanta were Susie Peters and Lily Bruce.  Peters finished with a 34.825 overall and Bruce finished with a 34.80.  Audrey White finished 2nd on floor.  Hayle Moore and Josey Haskins finished 4th and 6th on floor respectively.

Brooke Spurlin competed at level 7 while Jazmine Woods competed at Level 9.  Both made good showings as both are coming off injuries.  Spurlin finished with a 35.175 all-around while Woods recorded a 33.775.

“I am very pleased with these two young athletes.  As we always tell them, gymnastics is a marathon, not a sprint.  Both of these women will be fine as the season continues,” said Bergeron.

Dream It Gymnastics competes USAG Levels 1-10. Erica Pope, Abby Bergeron, Jamie Riley, Courtney Coleman, Cindy Spurlin and Kim Bruce also coach competitive gymnastics.  

The season will heat up as Dream It  travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., Clemson, S.C., Jekyll Island and Thomasville before hosting a meet at their home gym Feb. 15-16.  Dream It has been part of competitive and recreational gymnastics in South Georgia for the past 14 years.  For more information, visit their website, www.dreamitgymnastics.com.

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John Gamble (right) is joined by John Reid at the Tiftarea YMCA Saturday.

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