Abington gymnasts continued to excel in the 2013 season for the United Sports Academy team of Dunmore. Competitive gymnasts compete in Levels 1-10, with 10 being the highest pre-collegiate level. Level 5 gymnasts generally practice nine hours per week, all the way up to the Level 10 teens who are in the gym an average of 20 hours a week.
Tayler Osterhout, 11, took third place on vault at the Pennsylvania Level 8 State Championship in Bernville.
Tayler’s all-around score qualified her to move on from States to the multi-state Regional Championship, held in Landover, Md. April 27-28.
Regional competition is the highest for Level 8 gymnasts. Six different states each send their top eight gymnasts to compete head to head.
Athletes from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia competed.
Tayler placed fourth in vault at Regionals, an impressive accomplishment considering she started the season as a Level 7 gymnast. She and her coaches made the decision to skip ahead to Level 8 in December 2012.
Jane Mecca and Calista Marzolino qualified for Level 8 States but encountered injuries that prevented them from competing.
In Level 7, Liz Hobbie won first place in all-around and on bars and placed second on floor, vault and beam.
The Level 7 State Championship was held in Chambersburg April 20-21.
In Level 6, Anna Clifton won first place on the beam and Elizabeth Franchetti placed fourth on vault and all-around at States in Wexford April 13-14.