Cayman gymnasts bring home the medals from Texas competition

A team of Motions Unlimited competitive gymnasts returned to the Cayman Islands with medals and awards from the 2019 Metroplex Challenge, a top club and collegiate competition, in Fort Worth, Texas over the National Heroes Day holiday weekend.

Level 3 gymnasts Tianna Ebanks, Sienna Santiago and Naomi Tibbetts competed first in the club competition. Tianna earned the highest all-around score of the trio. Sienna won a bronze on beam while Naomi brought home a bronze on beam and all-around in her age group.

The Xcel Gold Team competed next with Natalie Bodden, Morgan Crowley, Emmi Daykin, Bethany Hawkins, Georgina Hayman, Maddalena Polloni, Sophia Simpson and Mia Van Develde taking home the bronze team trophy. Morgan was the leading performer winning first place all-around in the Xcel Gold division along with a gold on floor and silver on vault. Bethany earned a gold on floor plus silver on bars while Emmi received a bronze on floor.

Jaiden Gilbert, competing Xcel Platinum, earned the highest Motions team all-around score for her bronze finish along with a gold on bars and bronze on floor.

Cayman gymnasts were able to watch the NCAA University teams showcase their impressive skills Saturday evening. The teams included Denver, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas, including Maggie Nichols from Oklahoma University known for her perfect 10 scores.

The next major competition for Cayman competitive gymnasts will be the Gasparilla Classic in St. Petersburg, Florida which attracts approximately 4,000 gymnasts from across the United States and internationally. The team will also compete in Bermuda at the International Gymnastics Challenge in March and the Florida Crown Championships in Boca Raton, Florida in April.

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