Submitted by Jane Feely
Ultimate's top optional-level girls team added another first place banner to their growing collection with a winning performance at the recent King Arthur meet held in Bourbonnais.
This is the first season the Gurnee-based gym has fielded a full team at Level 10 -- a reflection of the advanced skills needed to compete at this level -- and its proving to be a successful year.
Competing in the Junior section at Level 10, Grayslake's Ally Hoyer and Winthrop Harbor's Lauren Marshall took first and second respectively in the all-around. Ally also added a first on beam and on floor exercise, where she posted an impressive 9.525. She also placed second on vault. Lauren was runner-up on bars and third on vault, beam and floor exercise. The third member of the team, Gurnee's Emily Basara, won the uneven bar title in the Senior age group. She also placed second on vault and third in the all-around.
It was a successful competition across all the club's levels with the Level 7 team placing second and the Level 8 girls coming in third.
At Level 7, Sylvia Raquel won gold on vault and floor and placed second in the all-around in the Junior B age group. Her teammate Grace Miller was second on floor and third on beam. In the Senior A age group Jessica Pasquesi continued her successful season with a first place in the all-around as well as gold on bars, silver on beam and bronze on floor. Chapin Grumhaus took the floor title in the same age group and added silver medals on vault and in the all-around. In the Senior B group, Laken Ritzert was first on beam and third on floor while teammate Leah Medenwaldt came away with four silver medals, placing on everything except uneven bars.
At Level 8, the Ultimate girls impressed on floor exercise. In the Junior age group Emily Whitis won gold and Samantha Wahlers took bronze. In the senior age group, Caroline Grumhaus took top honors alongside Katie Schroeder's silver. Caroline also won the vault title while Katie took silver in the all-around.
At Level 6, Ally Weihs scored an impressive 9.775 to place first on beam in the Senior B age group. Lea Alatzakis was third on vault and Kylie Skie placed second on vault, beam and floor. Lyndsey Basara (Junior B) won bronze on beam and in the Junior C group Sabrina Panlaqui was second on bars and third on beam and in the all-around.
Among the Level 5's successes were Gianna Pasquesi (Senior A), who won silver on vault and bronze on beam, Ella Skelton (Junior C) who placed third on vault and Amanda Britton (Junior B) who was second on vault.
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