Tifton Gazette


January 6, 2014

Tift Gymnastics Academy has recent success

TIFTON — The Tift Gymnastics Academy recently competed in their first meet of the season at the Jack Frost Invitational in Duluth where they battled 15 other gyms. Coached by Benjamin Ledl and Jessica King, they took 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every event they competed.

Anna Sumner (Level 9) scored 1st place on vault, 3rd on both balance beam and floor exercise and took 3rd in the all-around.

Tift's Level 8 team was represented in every event and age group. In the upper age bracket, Elyssa Roberts was 1st on balance beam, 2nd on uneven bars and 3rd on vault. Teammates Kaylee McDonald earned 1st on the uneven bars and 2nd for the balance beam and Lindsee McDonald was 3rd in the floor exercise. In the all-around, McDonald was 2nd and Roberts was 3rd.

In the younger age group, McKenzie Carpenter took 3rd in the vault, balance beam and floor exercise and was also 3rd al-around.

TGA had several more standouts in Level 7. Hannah Branch took top honors in the floor exercise and Charlotte Robinson had a 3rd place finish on the vault.

Level 5's Lauren Klofach and Grace Clements did well in their events. Klofach was 1st on the uneven bars, 2nd in the floor exercise and finished 1st all-around. Clemens was 3rd on the vault and the uneven bars.

Kindal Culpepper (Level 4) was 3rd in the floor exercise.

In Level 3, Brayden Callison won 1st in vault and 3rd on the floor in her age group and Rebecca James was 3rd on uneven bars and floor exercise and 3rd all-around in her group.

TGA will be back in action at the Atlanta Crown Invitational this weekend, a Nastia Liukin Cup qualifier,

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