Mountain Gymnastics Academy racks up more awards in Charleston at the Big Dog Meet

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CHARLESTON — The gymnasts from Mountain Gymnastics Academy brought home some more hardware at the Big Dog Meet in Charleston, which started on December 3 and ran through the December 5. The MGA’s athletes competed at a high level on all divisions, seeing the Xcel Bronze, Silver and Gold teams all winning third-place team banners. 

Individually, in the Xcel Bronze division Bryleigh Tice, of Elkins. came in first on uneven bars, beam, and overall score. In her first ever meet, Lydia Cupp, of Elkins, took first on vault and second overall, while Macie Moore, of Parsons, took second on vault. 

In the Xcel Silver division Claire Kniffen, of Beverly, took first place on bars, beam and floor, second on vault. Kniffen’s strong performance pushed her to a first-place overall finish. Pepper Arbogast, of Montrose, took second on vault, bars and floor on her way to placing third overall. Acelynn Harris, of Philippi, took second on uneven bars, placing second overall. 

In the Xcel Gold division Brianna Hollen, of Belington, took first on vault, first on bars, first on floor. Hollen’s thoroughly dominant performance made her first overall finish a foregone conclusion. Kenadi Carte, of Elkins, came in first on vault, Mady Hurst, of Elkins, placed second on floor, and Elizabeth Jones from Elkins placed second on both bars and floor. 

In the JO Level 5 division, Lily Hayes, of Elkins, placed first on floor, second on both vault and bars, placing second overall. 

In the JO Level 6 division, Emma Sharp, of Montrose, came in first place on bars and beam, placing first overall.

Mountain Gymnastics Academy operates a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art gymnastics facility located in Elkins. For more information about gymnastics training for kids from age 18 months to 18 years, contact MGA at (681) 298-5077, at or on Facebook. 


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