Island gymnasts compete in Mardi Gras Invitational

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Xcel bronze team, consisting of Abby Henry, Casey Webster, Autumn Wiggin, Madelyn Cromwell, Josee Winson-Feder, and Stela Thulin, in their masks with coach Elizabeth Goodell. — Courtesy Mary Murphy Boyd

Island Gymnastics Training School sent four teams to the Mardi Gras Invitational in Hanover, hosted by Head Over Heels Gymnastics, last weekend. The teams were coached by Elizabeth Goodell.

Fitting the theme, all teams wore handmade masks during the march in, with the Bronze and Platinum teams winning their session competitions for best masks.

The Xcel bronze kicked off the weekend with a fourth-place team win. In the Bronze age Division 1, Josee Winston-Feder placed third on beam (8.9) and floor (8.8), while Stela Thulin placed fifth on floor (8.6). Winston-Feder also placed fifth All-Around in her division.

In Bronze age Division 2, Autumn Wiggin placed seventh on vault (8.6), sixth on beam (9.05), and fourth on floor (9.0). Casey Webster played fifth on bars (9.45), fifth on beam (9.25), and seventh on floor (8.6). Webster took home sixth All-Around in her division (35.85), while Wiggin was seventh (35.55).

In the Division 3 age group, Abby Henry placed seventh on vault (8.5), seventh on bars (9.2), third on beam (9.3), sixth on floor (9.0), and fifth All-Around with a 36.25. Madelyn Crowell placed second on bars (9.4) and eighth on floor (8.9).

Xcel silver gymnasts Grace Voshell and Gabrielle Guimaraes both had strong showings. Voshell placed third on vault (9.25) and beam (9.4), and sixth All-Around (35.75). Guimaraes’ strongest event was the beam (8.75), and she finished with an All-Around score of 33.95.

For the Xcel gold team, Amy Maeda placed third on beam (9.2), fifth on vault (8.7), and seventh All-Around (34.6). Emily Boyd placed second on vault with a personal best of 8.9.

The Xcel platinum team all placed on vault, with Molly Crawford taking first (9.35), Sara Goodale placing third (9.2), and Arianna Edelman placing fifth (9.1). On bars, Goodale placed first (9.0) and Crawford placed ninth (8.5). Both Edelman and Crawford made the podium for beam, with Edelman placing third (9.25) and Crawford placing sixth (9.0). Goodale placed eighth on floor (9.05). Facing intense competition, Crawford placed third All-Around (35.75), and Goodale placed fourth All-Around (35.7).

The gymnasts’ next meet is in March.