Submitted by Jane Feely
The annual Illinois Judges Cup meet comes early in the season but it offers some distinct advantages. For those gymnasts about to embark on the high school season, it's an early opportunity to qualify for next spring's state meet. For those trying out new routines or skills, the judges' feedback that all competitors receive proves invaluable.
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Members of the girls' team from Ultimate Gymnastics of Gurnee experienced both benefits at this year's meet held recently in Bourbonnais. Top of the list of achievements was a first place finish for the Level 6 team, a notable result considering the majority of the girls were competing at this level for the first time.
Ultimate's Sabrina Panlaqui had an outstanding meet in the 11-year-old age group, finishing first on bars, floor and in the all-around and second on balance beam. Her Level 6 teammate Riley Finnegan claimed gold on beam and silver on bars and was third in the all-around.
The team's other gold medal came in the 7-10 year old age group when Emily Isabelli won vault, scoring 9.15. She added second place finishes on both beam and floor. In the same age group Lyndsey Basara was consistent across all events claiming silver medals on bars and in the all-around and bronze on vault and floor exercise.
In the 12 and over age group, Delaney Jones placed second on vault and third in the all-around while Nora Steinlein took silver on uneven bars. In all, 10 of the Level 6 girls in action at the meet achieved their state qualifying score of 33.00.
Also competing were those members of the Level 8, 9 and 10 teams about the start training with their respective high schools. At Level 10, Carmel Catholic senior Lauren Feely posted big scores on vault (9.475) and floor (9.20) to take the top spot on these events. At Level 9, Lake Forest Junior Brittany Moccia nailed her bar dismount to take first on this event. She also placed third on floor exercise. Both girls qualified for state next spring. Competing in her first Level 9 meet was Warren's Krystal Kofoed, who scored an 8.65 on floor.
At Level 8, Glenbrook North's Carli Betman took gold on vault and floor exercise. She qualified for State as an event specialist on these events and on beam. Warren's Kyra McCue qualified for State on vault and floor.
Scores for individual girls are as follows:
7-10 years old: Lyndsey Basara (Gurnee): Vault: 9.125 (3rd); Bars: 8.80 (2nd); Beam: 8.80 (6th); Floor: 8.975 (3rd); All-around: 35.70 (2nd).
Abbie Bosko (Wadsworth): Vault: 8.925 (6th); Bars: 7.90 Beam: 8.45; Floor: 8.65; All-around: 33.925 (8th).
Emily Isabelli (Lake Villa): Vault: 9.15 (1st); Bars: 8.075; Beam: 9.125 (2nd); Floor: 9.00 (2nd); All-around: 35.35 (4th).
Tinleigh Jakimauskas (Kenosha): Vault: 7.70; Bars: 6.35 Beam: 7.85; Floor: 7.35; All-around: 29.25.
Hannah McCue (Gurnee): Vault: 8.85 (8th); Bars: 8.30 (5th); Beam: 8.425; Floor: 8.725 (8th); All-around: 34.30 (5th).
Olivia Roebuck (Grayslake): Vault: 9.025 (4th); Bars: 7.90; Beam: 8.60 (9th); Floor: 8.60; All-around: 34.125 (7th).
11 year olds: Abigail Dearinger (Gurnee): Vault: 8.425; Bars: 7.80; Beam: 7.075; Floor: 7.875; All-around: 31.175.
Riley Finnegan (Lindenhurst): Vault: 8.85 (5th); Bars: 8.45 (2nd); Beam: 9.20 (1st); Floor: 8.10; All-around: 34.60 (3rd).
Sabrina Panlaqui (Round Lake): Vault: 8.825 (6th); Bars: 9.00 (1st); Beam: 8.975 (2nd); Floor: 8.95 (1st); All-around: 35.75 (1st).
Daniella Strauss (Gurnee): Vault: 8.925 (4th); Bars: 8.00; Beam: 8.525; Floor: 7.65; All-around: 33.10.
12 years and up: Delaney Jones (Gurnee): Vault: 9.275 (2nd); Bars: 7.85; Beam: 8.125; Floor: 8.60 (4th); All-around: 33.85 (3rd).
Nora Steinlein (Gurnee): Vault: 8.95 (5th); Bars: 8.45 (2nd); Beam: 8.125; Floor: 7.55; All-around: 33.075.
The Level 6 girls took first place team award
13 years and up: Carli Betman (Northbrook): Vault: 9.15 (1st); Bars: scratch; Beam: 8.95 (4th); Floor: 9.375 (1st).
Kyra McCue (Gurnee): Vault: 8.925 (4th); Bars: scratch; Beam: scratch; Floor: 8.90 (6th).
All ages: Krystal Kofoed (Gurnee): Vault: scratch; Bars: scratch; Beam: 8.30; Floor: 8.65.
Brittany Moccia (Lake Forest): Vault: 8.25; Bars: 8.55 (1st); Beam: 8.50 (6th); Floor: 8.95 (3rd); All-around: 34.25 (4th).
All ages: Lauren Feely (Gurnee): Vault: 9.475 (1st); Bars: 7.25 (3rd); Beam: 8.35 (2nd); Floor: 9.20 (1st); All-around: 34.275 (2nd).
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