The level 5, 7 and 9 gymnasts from Aiken Gymnastics traveled to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the 2013 Sand Dollar Invitational meet, held Jan. 25–27 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. More than 1,700 gymnasts participated in the meet. The level 5 team finished second out of 26 competing teams and level 8 was third out of 37 teams.
All-around winners in their levels and age groups were Sara Wiatrak, Savannah Kaplan, Madison Doolittle and Simone Wiatrak. Sara Wiatrak also received a special award for receiving the highest all-around (AA) score for all level 8 gymnasts in her age group, beating out 70 other competitors with a score of 37.85 out of 40 possible points.
Gold medal winners were Simone Wiatrak, Dallas Bacon, Noelle Kriegel, Madison Doolittle, Sara Wiatrak, Ciera Carter and Savannah Kaplan. Silver medal winners were Simone Wiatrak, Jessa Davidson, Samantha Arias, Taylor Powers, Noelle Kriegel, Madison Doolittle, Sara Wiatrak, Ciera Carter, Savana Kotas, Savannah Kaplan and Alex Varnadore. Bronze medal winners were Taylor Powers, Noelle Kriegel, Sara Wiatrak and Alex Varnadore.
Level 5 (Jr A)
Simone Wiatrak, 9.0 vault (2nd), 9.0 bars (2nd), 9.15 beam (1st), 9.125 floor (1st), 36.275 AA (1st)
Jessa Davidson, 8.60 vault (5th), 9.0 bars (2nd), 8.55 beam (5th), 8.75 floor (5th), 34.90 AA (5th)
Level 5 (Jr B)
Samantha Arias, 9.425 vault (4th), 9.20 bars (4th), 9.0 beam (10th), 9.275 floor (4th), 36.90 AA (2nd)
Taylor Powers, 9.325 vault (5th), 8.75 bars (11th), 9.20 beam (2nd), 9.525 floor (2nd), 36.80 AA (3rd)
Dallas Bacon, 8.80 vault (15th), 9.50 bars (1st), 9.025 beam (8th), 9.275 floor (4th), 36.60 AA (4th)
Ellie Seawell, 9.05 vault (10th), 8.325 bars (18th), 8.625 beam (18th), 8.25 floor (19th), 34.25 AA (18th)
Level 5 (Sr A)
Noelle Kriegel, 9.625 vault (1st), 9.05 bars (2nd), 8.825 beam (8th), 9.25 floor (3rd), 36.75 AA (2nd)
Level 7 (Sr B)
Madison Doolittle, 8.875 vault (7th), 9.50 bars (1st), 9.15 beam (2nd), 9.075 floor (5th), 36.60 AA (1st)
Level 8 (Jr B)
Sara Wiatrak, 9.375 vault (1st), 9.60 bars (2nd), 9.475 beam (3rd), 9.40 floor (1st), 37.85 AA (1st)
Ciera Carter, 8.75 vault (5th), 9.725 bars (1st), 9.75 beam (1st), 9.10 floor (6th), 37.325 AA (2nd)
Savana Kotas, 8.675 vault (6th), 9.275 bars (5th), 9.60 beam (2nd), 9.05 floor (7th), 36.60 AA (5th)
Level 8 (Sr B)
Savannah Kaplan, 9.45 vault (1st), 9.30 bars (1st), 9.25 beam (2nd), 9.30 floor (1st), 37.30 AA (1st)
Level 9 (Jr A)
Alex Varnadore, 9.075 vault (2nd), 9.25 bars (2nd), 9.25 beam (2nd), 9.50 floor (5th), 37.075 AA (3rd)
Lizzy Varnadore, 9.025 vault (4th), 8.80 bars (6th), 7.975 beam (13th), 8.65 floor (13th), 34.45 AA (9th)
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