Gymnasts from Springer’s Compete in Winter Carnival – Ellsworth American

Written by  Hugh Bowden
Monday, January 09, 2012 at 4:38 pm

ELLSWORTH — Four girls and eight boys from the Springer’s Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth competed against gymnasts from all over New England in the 16th annual Winter Carnival last weekend in Exeter, N.H.

At Level 4, Madelyn Nida returned home as floor champion and finished third all-around in her age group.

“The girls’ meets were really big,” said coach Doug Springer. “In our first session, there were 92 girls competing at Level 4. The next session saw 72 Level 5 gymnasts. On Sunday, there were 90 boys.

“Most of our meets in Maine are smaller,” added Springer. “For all of our gymnasts, it’s really important to experience as many meets as we can. The one thing we can’t practice in our gym is what it feels like to be at a meet. Some kids get very nervous, and they need the experience of a meet to learn how to deal with it.”

Following are the meet results for Springers’ gymnasts:

Girls’ Level 4 Icicles

Gilly Rice: Third on uneven bars, fourth on floor, sixth on balance beam, seventh on vault, fifth all-around.

Girls’ Level 4 Polar Bears

Madelyn Nida: First on floor, third on balance beam, fourth on vault, ninth on uneven bars, third all-around.

Girls’ Level 5 Icicles

Katherine McKee: 10th on floor, 14th all-around.

Girls’ Level 5 Snowflakes

Paige Sawyer: seventh on uneven bars, eighth on vault, 12th all-around.

Boys’ Level 4 Snowflakes

Tim Marcel: 14th all-around.

Boys’ Level 4 Icicles

Ben Muise: 10th on vault, 18th all-around.

Boys’ Level 4 Penguins

Raist Cotroneo: eighth on vault, 16th all-around.

Boys’ Level 5 Icicles

Nate Mason: Fourth on pommel horse and horizontal bar, seventh on still rings, eighth on parallel bars, 10th on vault, eighth all-around.

Austin Snow: Third on vault, sixth on parallel bars, ninth on floor, pommel horse and still rings, 10th on horizontal bar, ninth all-around.

Boys’ Level 5 Penguins

Andrew Gillette: Second on floor, fifth on pommel horse and still rings, sixth on horizontal bar, seventh on parallel bars, eighth on vault, fourth all-around.

A.J. Palmer: Fourth on still rings, fifth on parallel bars, sixth on vault, seventh on floor, pommel horse and horizontal bar, fifth all-around.

Tyler Bechtold: third on parallel bars, sixth on floor, pommel horse and vault, seventh on still rings, ninth on horizontal bar, sixth all-around.

Springer’s girls will represent the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA this upcoming weekend at a meet hosted by the Bangor YMCA, and the next competition for the boys will be Jan. 22 at Andy Valley Gymnastics in Lewiston.

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