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Five gymnasts in regionals, one makes nationals

April 27, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Five area gymnasts qualified for a five-state regional competition that was held last weekend. Hannah Estephan of Boardman, Jenae Shar of Leetonia, Anna Warhol of Boardman, and Allie Anderson and Jennifer Sklenar, both of Canfield earned the right to represent Youngstown Gymnastics Center at the event.

“They are hard workers,’ said their coach Sandy Sabo. “They train five days a week for as long as four hours a day.”

Their hard work earned them the right to go to regionals after competing in a state competition held in Columbus.

Of the five, two are Canfield students. Sklenar competes in the in the 15-year-old division and is a sophomore at Cardinal Mooney. At state, she placed third on vault, seventh on the bars, 11th on the balance beam, and ninth on floor exercise to give her a sixth place overall finish and a score of 34.725. A minimum score of 34.00 is required to qualify for regionals.

Her Canfield teammate, Allie Anderson, a junior at Ursuline, placed third on the vault, sixth on the bars and was crowned state champion on the beam and in floor exercise. She finished second overall with a score of 35.55.

The next round was regionals that were held on April 15. Sklenar didn’t qualify to move on at the event, but she did place 10th in floor exercise among hundreds of competitors from Ohio, illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.

As for Anderson, her season is not yet complete after she finished seventh in floor exercise and second in beam to add up an overall placement of fifth. That finish qualified her to move on to the national competition, May 5 through 8. She will travel to Boston for the USAG Eastern Nationals competition.

“This is my first trip to nationals,” she said. “I’ve made it to regionals before.”

What does it take to prepare for a high level of competition? Anderson said it is all about training hard.

“I train five days a week after school and try to stay for at least four hours a day,” she said.

This is Anderson’s 11th year in gymnastics and the trip to nationals next week will be something she looking forward to.

For Sabo, having a national qualifier is nothing new.

“I had a Level 9 national champ in 2009,” the coach said.

That champ was Stacia Ruse of Poland, who now assists younger girls fulfill their gymnastics dreams at Youngstown Gymnastics Center in Boardman.

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Allie Anderson of Canfield competed in a five-state regional gymnastics competition last week and finished fifth, which qualified her to move on to national competition on May 5.



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