SOUTHINGTON - The Southington YMCA gymnastics team recently placed first in a regional event in May, qualifying them to compete June 27 at the YMCA National Gymnastics Championship in Savannah, Georgia.
Jamie Lee Lagoy, gymnastics director at the YMCA at 29 High St., said that the regional competition was held on Mother’s Day weekend in Readfield, Maine and featured 1,300 competitors. The Southington team had 46 competitors, divided by age bracket and skill level, ranging from six to 18 years old. The event included floor gymnastics, vaulting and balance beams.
“The majority of our competitors were doing this for the first year and competing against veterans to the competition,” said Lagoy. “The goal we set with the coaches was to have our full team qualify for nationals and our whole team qualified.”
Lagoy said that the gymnastics season started in October of last year and saw local girls competing at area YMCAs and private USA Gymnastics locations. Prior to the regional event, a three-week training clinic was held at the local Y.
“We invited local Ys to participate,” said Lagoy. “Our goal was to get together and get Connecticut on the winner platform.”
When it was announced that the local team would be going on to nationals, Lagoy said that the gymnasts were in tears.
“There was a rumble through the whole place,” she said. “The parents, kids and I all cried tears of joy. We worked so hard this season, it was really rewarding and a great showing for Connecticut.”
Among the trophies the Southington gymnastics team received were three Top 3 event placements.
This June, the Southington YMCA will be holding tryouts for its Nationals team. Times and dates for these tryouts have yet to be announced, but they will be posted on the Southington Community YMCA Facebook page, facebook.com/southingtoncommunityymca. Lagoy said that there will likely also be another training clinic held.
For more information, call 860-628-5597 or visit sccymca.org.
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