Gymnastics: Day 2 Recap

By Mark Moschetti

July 4, 2018

Emily Montgomery of Washington, Sarah Kramer of Minnesota, Tonya Cornett of Kentucky, Rhea Alathur of New Jersey, and Saneatha Trice of Illinois, each of whom won their respective all-around crowns on Tuesday, added two individual gold medals apiece on Wednesday on the second day of the Special Olympics USA Games.

Tatiana Goff of Washington and Madeline Csont of New York also won two golds each, as the vault and balance beam championships were decided in Seattle Pacific University’s Royal Brougham Pavilion.

Montgomery’s double gold came in 8-15 age group of Level 1, as she scored 19.200 0n the vault and 18.950 on the beam.

Kramer, in the 16-21 age group of Level 1, earned 18.950 on the vault and 18.075 on the beam.

Cornett, in the 22-plus age group of Level 2, scored 19.150 on the vault and 18.225 on the beam.

Alathur, in the 12-15 age group of Level 3, totaled 17.525 on the vault and 18.025 on the beam.

Trice, the only Level 4 competitor, checked in with 18.300 on the vault and 15.225 on the beam. She competes in the 16-21 age group.

Goff took the Level 3 vault crown in the 16-21 3c age division with a score of 18.475 points and won the beam with 17.363.

Csont garnered her golds in the age 22-plus 3e age group of Level 3, tallying 17.725 on the vault and 14.313 on the beam.

The other Level 1 vault title went to Minnesota’s Tasjenay Feigh in the 22-plus age group (19.375).

In addition to Cornett, Level 2 vault golds were earned by Lexi Myers in age 12-15 (18.650), Megan Fernandez in ages 16-21 (19.125), and Ashley Jones in age 16-plus (14.313). Myers was an all-around winner on Tuesday.

On the beam at Level 1, Sabine Collins took the 8-21 age group (16.750), and Jennifer Rhein won 22-plus (19.425). Collins and Rhein won all-around golds on Tuesday.

At Level 2, Aliya White was tops in the 12-15 age group (18.575), Virginia Wade of Washington won the 16-21 (18.025), and Devon Anderson of Texas took 16-plus (15.200). Wade also was an all-around champion.

For Level 3, Juliana Quintero of Florida took 16-21 3b (18.525), following up her all-around crown from Tuesday. Samantha Berndt of Massachusetts won 22-plus 3d (17.075).

The gymnastics portion of the Games concludes on Thursday with finals on the uneven bars and floor exercise. Competition starts at 9:30 a.m. for Levels 1 and 2, and at 11:30 a.m. for Levels 3 and 4.