The USA Gymnastics Level 9 and Level 10 Regional Championships were held this past weekend in Indianapolis. Gymnasts qualified to this competition from their respective state meets that were held at the end of March from the five-state region consisting of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.
Anna Warhol of Poland, a seventh-grade student of Boardman Glenwood Middle School, has qualified from this competition to the Level 9 Nationals that will be held near Baltimore, on May 5. Anna placed fifth all-around in her age group scoring a 36.775. Only the top six in each age group qualify to nationals.
Also, competing in the regional competition was Faith Anderson, age 12, of East Palestine. Faith is a seventh-grade student of Ohio Virtual Academy. Faith is also a level 9 gymnast. In her age group she placed seventh all-around, which qualified her to be the first alternate to the team. She will also travel to Baltimore and be on hand in the event one of the team members is unable to compete.
Girls from Youngstown Gymnastics Center who competing at the regionals in Indianapolis included, in front row: Jamie Sklenar of Canfield, Gabby Williams of Poland, Mya Kasten of Canfield, Kailah Vargo of Canfield, and in back row: Jennifer Sklenar of Canfield, Hannah Estephan of Boardman, Faith Anderson of East Palestine, Anna Warhol of Boardman, and Allie Anderson of Canfield.
Anna and Faith train at Youngstown Gymnastics Center under the instruction of coaches Sandy Sabo and Courtney Schuller. The girls train more than 20 hours per week in the gym and still maintains the honor role in school. As far as other clubs/activities, Anna plays cello in the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, is a member of PANDA, was nominated by her teachers to attend this year's National Young Leaders State Conference in Columbus. She is also a member of Student Council, Boardman Glenwood Middle School 2011-12 Robotics Team, attended 2012 English Festival and attended Conference for Women in Science.
Faith is a member of a book club and consistently receives "Head of School Awards for Academic Excellence." Faith fills her spare time with reading, art and swimming.
"The discipline and time management skills that the sport of gymnastics teaches, helps students like Anna and Faith to do so well in their studies," said Sabo. Both girls began training gymnastics as preschoolers and have been competing for more than five years.
Other gymnasts that competed in the Regional Competition in Indianapolis, from Youngstown Gymnastics Center were, Level 10 gymnasts, Jennifer Sklenar, 16, of Canfield; Allie Anderson, 17, of Canfield; and Jessica Jones, 15, of Canfield. Also competing in Level 9 Hannah Estephan, 14, of Boardman. In the state meet, where these girls qualified to this Regional competition, Anna placed sixth all-around, Faith placed 10th all-around and Hannah placed second all-around in Level 9. In level 10, Jessica was the state vault champion and placed second all-around. Jennifer Sklenar placed ninth all-around and Allie Anderson placed seventh all-around.
Also, the Level 8 Regional competition will be held in Bourbonnais, Ill., near Chicago on May 5. Youngstown Gymnastics Center has four level 8's that will be traveling to compete in this competition. Kailah Vargo, 14, of Canfield; Gabby Williams, 14, of Poland; Jamie Sklenar, 13, of Canfield; and Mya Kasten, 13, of Canfield. Gabby and Jamie will represent Ohio on the Ohio State Regional Team that will compete against teams from Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Kailah and Mya will compete as All Stars. The girls qualified to this competition from the Ohio State Meet that was held in Heath, on March 31 where Gabby was a state champion on bars and placed third all-around. Jamie placed fourth all-around at State, Kailah placed third all-around, and Mya was the state champion on floor.