Monday, July 17, 2017

YMCA gymnastics team at Nationals

Pictured at the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships in Savannah, GA, are YMCA of Darke County gymnastic team members Kyrie Unger, Sophie Mills, Claire Royer and Alia Hunt, Level 3; Lydia Knepshield, Level 4; Samantha Short, Level 7; and Kristen Short, Level 8.(not pictured: Raquel Jasso)
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- The YMCA of Darke County gymnastics team recently traveled to Savannah, GA, and competed in the 2017 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships.

The YMCA National Gymnastics Championships began in 1938 and welcomes more than 2,000 Y gymnasts from across the country annually for this 3 day event. This is, by far, the largest meet of the season, and it is something these gymnasts prepare for year-round.

Competing athletes represent USAG levels 1 through Championship (levels 9 & 10). In order to participate, each athlete must be a YMCA team member and must qualify with a specified all-around score at a competition with a USAG sanctioned judge.

The YMCA of Darke County had 12 team members qualify for championships. Eight girls made the trip to Nationals, and 3 brought home medals.

Kristen Short, Level 8, earned 7th place with her floor routine. Samantha Short, Level 7, earned 6th place in vault, and Lydia Knepshield, Level 4, earned 7th place in vault.

“The Y’s gymnastics program has been an important part of our youth programming for many years, not just for physical fitness, but to integrate the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility,” said Tyler Roberts, Program Director for the YMCA of Darke County. “The team has worked hard all year and we are very proud of their success, both within the program and as far as character development.”

Learn more about the YMCA of Darke County by visiting our Greenville or Versailles locations or our website at www.ymcadarkecounty.org.

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