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Gymnastics is Flipping into a New Season

The Girls Gymnastics team has started the year off strong. All the ladies had an outstanding performance on the beams, floor, bars, and vault at their latest home meet on February 16. 

In total, the team is made up of six ladies. 

Currently, the head coach, Lashanda Whitworth, said she loves coaching the team. Whitworth started coaching high school gymnastics in her second year of teaching and has been at Roswell for 15 years. She was a former gymnast before coaching and loves the sport. 

 When asked what her favorite things are about the team Whitworth said, “They are hardworking, funny, and get to be their true selves!” 

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At the most recent meet on Feb 23 altogether the team placed second.  Sophomore Ava Soriano said, “I scored a 9.2 on vault and did decent on other events.” 

Sophomore Mya Schroder performing a split on the balance beam during her performance. (Credit: Susannah Whitehead)

Since the team is so small, all the girls can bond well with one another and create relationships that you wouldn’t be able to have in other sports with a larger team. Therefore, they can perform well together at meets.  

In general, these girls are out on the floor doing many flips on the bars and various kinds of jumps including the split and pike on the balance beam. 

At meets, the ladies do several different performances in front of the judges and many other people. Freshman Sussanah Whitehead said, “Bars are my favorite event because it is very freeing and feels like you are flying around a bit.”  

Soriano does not feel the same towards Whitehead’s statement of the bars being her favorite. Soriano said, “My favorite event is vault. It’s been my best event throughout all my years of gymnastics.” 

Not only have these ladies competed just in high school, but some have even gone so far as to the college level. Ashley Morgan who was formerly apart of this team, now competes gymnastics at a much higher level at Kent-State. This is a big deal since only about 1.4% of athletes receive a full ride scholarship. 

For the upcoming season the team will be represented at five more meets at several different locations. Soriano said, “I’m feeling good about the upcoming season!” 



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Katie Ross Nelson
Katie Ross Nelson, Staff Writer
Katie Ross Nelson is a freshman at Roswell and is a first year staff writer for The Sting. When she is not writing, she enjoys playing lacrosse, watching movies, hanging out with her friends and family, and reading.

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