Campbell headed to YMCA Gymnastics Nationals in June

by Kaity Gage, design editor

Throwing yourself upside down and into the air is no easy feat, but eighth grader Lennon Campbell makes it look effortless.

Campbell is currently a gymnast at the Meadville YMCA and is a member of the Meadville Twisters gymnastics team. The Twisters have been competing since their season began in October. During this time, Campbell and her teammates have attended fourteen competitions, earning trophies every time.

The team has won all of their awards based on their team scores, which are compiled using the data from each individual member’s performance in the four events: floor, bars, beam, and vault.

Although Campbell competes in all four events, her favorite is the floor routine. “My favorite move is a tumbling pass of a roundoff, back handspring, back tuck,” Campbell said.  From the beginning of her gymnastics career until now, Campbell has brought home thirty-eight medals from her competitions.

In June, Campbell and her teammates will travel to Toledo, Ohio to compete at the YMCA Gymnastics Nationals. Nationals will be conducted similar to all of the other competitions, but the stakes are definitely higher.

Whether she sticks her landings or takes a tumble, Campbell is thankful for the experience and memories she’s made with her teammates. “Competing this year has been really fun because my team supported me in every competition.”

Saegertown gymnast qualifies for states

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor and Braeden Kantz, staff writer

While baseball, softball, and volleyball are in season this time of year, many people overlook sports that are not affiliated with SHS. Gymnastics is one of those sports, and the state finals took place last month. Junior Hannah Smith was named runner up as a state finalist in Erie, Pa. as a member of the Greenville Gymnastics Academy and Cheer team.

Smith qualified for states with a score of 34 out of 40 and improved her final score to 37.775, earning second place overall. To prepare for this event, Smith spent approximately 20 hours and four days a week at the gym in Greenville. “I was ready to stop doing routines and work on other skills,” Smith said. But her efforts paid off, resulting in second on her floor and bars routines, third on vault, and fourth on beam. Smith has qualified for states eight years in a row, and she plans on attending next year to take home the gold.