Sumter County gymnasts bring home the gold

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 This past weekend nine gymnasts from Sumter Gymnastics traveled to Tampa Florida to compete in the AAU National Championships as a part of Team Georgia. Over 1600 gymnasts from around the country travelled to Tampa for this competition. The nine gymnasts brought home over 30 medals between them including a National Champion.

Taylor Rush became the National Champion in her age group with a score of 9.6 on the vault.

Angel Cobb is the national runner up in her age group on vault with a score of 9.6 and also in the all-around. She was also third on uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. Also placing third was Jayla Hawkins who scored a 9.45 on balance beam, Kayleigh Cox who scored a 9.3 on uneven bars, Susannah Pearce who scored a 9.2 on vault and Wimberly Hines who was third on both vault with a 9.05 and balance beam with a 9.15. Kylar Woods scored a 9.175 on vault with a 9.175. Lauren Williams placed fourth on floor with a score of 8.9 and Claudia Spradley placed 9th on uneven bars with 9.3.

Melissa Singley, gymnastics instructor at Sumter County Parks and Recreation offered the following remarks, “We are so proud of how hard these girls have worked this past year leading up to this meet. There was some very tough competition at Nationals and these gymnasts really rose to the challenge. Many of these girls had a personal best on one or more events and in their all-around score. We are looking forward to watching these gymnasts and all the gymnasts of Sumter Gymnastics learn and grow in the future to hopefully bring home more State, Regional, or National titles in the coming season.”

Sumter County Parks and Recreation Director, Tim Estes, said, “Melissa Singley works hard with kids in various age groups to offer a complete gymnastics experience here in Sumter County.   With the soon to be completed expansion of the gymnastics facility at The Columns we will be able to offer  the next level in this program to our gymnastics family.”