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Young gymnasts activities parallel one another

April 28, 2011
By Kathleen Palumbo
For two young Poland gymnasts, adding countless hours of time spent at the gym to school, homework, and family commitments has been a balancing act they’ve managed for years, despite their status as first- and second-graders.

For Chloe Kosco and Angelina Rotunno, the joy of gymnastics greatly outweighs the time constraints of practicing, as they both happily rattle off one of their favorite activities as the parallel bars.

According to their moms, Chloe, the daughter of Drew and Nicole Kosco, and Angelina, the daughter of Michael and Krissy Rotunno, met at Youngstown Gymnastics Center and at their current level, attend three-hour sessions, four days a week.

A second-grader at Dobbins Elementary School, Chloe, who added front handsprings and trampoline amongst her favorite activities, has been participating in gymnastics since the age of five. According to her mom, who said of YGA, “I think they breed a more serious mentality.”

A first-grader at Union Elementary, Angelina, who said she also enjoys back handsprings, began her participation at the age of three, according to her mom. She added that the girls’ week includes three team practices and the TOPs program, through which they receive intensive strength training and conditioning.

On Saturday, April 2, the Level 4 gymnastic team of Youngstown Gymnastic Center competed at the Ohio State Gymnastic Meet at Lost Nations State Park in Cleveland. Competing in the American division against gyms from across the state in their age group/level, the girls did very well, scoring what Nicole Kosco said were their best of the season.

Angelina finished seventh all around in the state, while Chloe scored fourth on vault, fourth on bars, and fifth all around.

With a season beginning in November, the team gathers for home meets in the fall and spring, and their moms shared that the girls will soon be attending two summer camps in Cincinnati and Michigan, where they will spend eight hours per day for five to seven days per camp practicing. Handspringing into what may sound grueling to the average reader, for Chloe and Angelina it’s just summer fun.

Article Photos

Photos by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Always ready to don their leotards and jump into action, Angelina Rotunno and Chloe Kosco were happy to show off a few of the skills they’ve acquired through their involvement in Youngstown Gymnastics Center. They both recently competed at the Ohio State Gymnastic Meet at Lost Nations State Park in Cleveland garnering their best team scores of the season.



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