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Darien YMCA Gymnasts Shine At Championships

Darien Level 3 gymnast Lindy Mueller hits a perfect split while competing on floor at the YMCA Southern Leagues Championship. Photo Credit: Stephanie Fairleigh
The Darien YMCA Level 6 2016 Southern Leagues Championship team members were (from left to right) Lily Fairleigh, Sommer Schmidt, Christina Pizzani, Lizzie Canelli, Dillan Aysseh and Lindsay Hall. Photo Credit: Stephanie Fairleigh

DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien YMCA gymnasts were soared to great heights at the 2016 Connecticut Southern Leagues Championship meet, in Trumbull. The Level 3, 4 and 6 gymnasts brought home the team championships and seven gymnasts won individual All Around, or "AA," titles.

Gymnasts competed by level and age group. Anna Altier led the first-place Level 3 team and captured the vault, bars and AA titles. Ava Licata was first on floor, and Sydney Berk was the beam champ.

Topping the 10-years was Tanner Generoso, who soared to an impressive 9.85 for the vault title, along with winning beam and AA. Stephanie Carrillo was the champ on all events and AA in the 12s group.

In the 8s group, Sophie Root was the beam champ, and Brianna Barrientos won the bars title in the 11s group.

The Level 4 team also took first place, led by Olivia Perkins in the 11s group, who was first on bars, floor and AA. Sofia Iuteri was the beam champ, and Sofia Imbrogno soared to the vault title. In the 10-11 group, Melina Cardini won both the floor and vault titles. Alison Enters was the bars champ for the 12s group, and Tetyana Banaryk was the vault champ in the 13-and-up group.

The champion Level 6 team was paced by Dillan Aysseh, who won the 12-13 group AA title. Christina Pizzani won the vault title. In the 10-11 group, Sommer Schmidt was the vault champ and Lily Fairleigh won the bars title.

The three Darien Level 7 gymnasts combined to take second place in the team competition. Lana Schmidt won the floor title, and Allie Trotman was the champ on vault and bars.

Gianna Cardini was the sole Darien competitor at Level 8, but she won vault, floor and AA. As the only Level 9 competitor, Kelsey Fedorko swept the titles and impressed the crowd with routines.

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