• Dan Russoman

Flyers win five golds at Regionals


Flyers Copper 1 Team pose on the balance beam at the regional championships in Wildwood. From left: Julia Cassario, Lexi Esposito, Gemma DiMarco, Reese Bundick and Hannah Reynolds. (Courtesy Photo)

WILDWOOD—Flyers of Hammonton won big at the USAIGC Regional Championships held at the Wildwood Convention Center. More than 650 athletes from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia competed in the venue by the beach. Gymnasts also enjoyed the traditional sunglasses contest during opening ceremonies and special prizes were awarded by the officials for outstanding performances. The convention center has one of the best backdrop for award presentations outside on the beach deck with the ocean and Morey’s Piers famous Great White roller coaster.


Families attending the championships got to enjoy the boardwalk and Wildwood doo-wop-themed hotels and restaurants. Many could be seen taking photos by the giant beach balls at the beach entrance and lining Rio Grande Avenue. Flyers gym has been the host club for gymnastics events in Wildwood since 2003.


The Flyers team of 17 athletes competed in various levels of skill on the Olympic apparatus of vault, balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercise. Individual event medals are given on highest scores for each apparatus and all-around medals to the highest combined scores of all four events.


In the beginner competitive level of Copper 1, Reece Bundick,7, won silver medal on uneven bars scoring 9.0. Hannah Reynolds, 8, won bronze on floor (9.0). Gemma DiMarco, 8, took home bronze medals on beam and floor with a 9.2, winning silver all-around (35.475).


In the Bronze division. Milana Fierro, 10, brought home a bronze medal on vault (9.175).


Diamond division competition saw, Lia Perone,14, win a Regional championship on balance beam with a 9.025, and a bronze medal on vault with a 9.0.


In the Silver division, Colleen Reitmeyer, 15, was golden on floor exercise (9.225), adding Regional Champion along with her State Title. Teammate Emma Angelone, 14, brought home the silver medal on floor (9.15) and bronze on balance beam (9.0).


In the advance division of Gold, Flyers trio were golden. Tatiana Blough, 13, scored a 9.175, to win floor, Kylie Amelung, 15, (9.15) was first on floor and Nina Scaffidi was the Regional balance beam champion and bronze all-around winner. Scaffidi also competed up a level at Platinum division, winning floor exercise in highest division of the championships.


Next up for Flyers Gymnasts is World Championships Orlando Florida. Go to FlyersAcademy.com for more gymnastics highlights.