The Annual USAG NJ Awards were presented at Level 10 State Meet.
And the Winners are:
North Stars – Optional Club of the Year Atlantic Coast – Compulsory Club of the Year Rachael Lukacs – Optional Gymnast of the Year Christina Fallon – Compulsory Gymnast of the Year ValdiKolasa/Arena – Meet Host of the Year Jeanne Devenney – Educator of the Year Mary Peters – Volunteer of the Year Tony Gehman – Life Time Achievement Award Kelly Gaston – Honorable Mention Award
Attached is the schedule for Level 9/10 Regionals, Level 9 and 10 Regional Announcements, JO Qualifiers Meeting Brochure, Publicity Release Form (Level 10), Athlete Bio Form (Eastern and JO National Qualifiers), All Star Qualification (Level 10). (also posted on the Region 7 and Sportsplex websites)
Roster: An updated roster of Level 9 and 10 regional qualifiers will beposted Tuesday evening. Please email any changes, scratches or omissions to Patti Delaney, copy Jen Bortz and Linda Johnson. The sooner we get these, the better! Remember, if your athlete competes in the wrong age division, she is not eligible for Easterns or JO Nationals.
We will post a club draw later in the week. We will NOT be posting an athlete draw. Too many changes…
Announcements: In an effort to shorten the coaches’ meetings at regionals, please read through the attached announcements before you come to regionals. This has very important information that will help prepare you for both regionals and nationals.
GK Sizing: We will be sizing AA places 1-10 after awards for each session. We realize that 10th place is not an alternate, however we need to be prepared in the event of scratches.
JO Qualifier Meeting: Scheduled for all Level 10’s who qualify for JO Nationals, alternates, and coaches. Scheduled for Friday April 7 (PG Complex Field House) 5:30-7:30pm. Yes, later than last year, but no worries—you don’t want to be on the Capital Beltway or I-95 before 7:30pm on a Friday!!!! We will pay for entry fees to JO Nationals for all athletes who attend. If you do not attend, please be prepared to give Jen Bortz a check for $150. payable to “Region 7” after your competition session. Additional info attached.
Publicity Release Form: JO Nationals will be streamed, therefore releases must be collected. Please have these signed by the parent/legal guardian and bring them to regionals. We will collect these at regional registration for ALL regional competitors. This way we are prepared in the event of scratches to nationals.
Thanks and good luck to everyone at regionals!! GO REGION 7!!!
Abby Schwerdt is a Level 9 athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics where she is coached by Jaime Solheim, Jaime Berkheiser, Alison Mitrosky, and Donna Terrill.
She resides in Howell, NJ with her parent’s Gary and Maria Schwerdt.
In the fall, Abby plans to attend college and major in Biology.
Academic Achievements: National Honor Society
Gymnastics Achievements: Regional Qualifier 2013, 2014, & 2015 Words of Wisdom: The pain you feel today will be the Strength you feel tomorrow.
Triniti Barron is a Level 10 athlete training at Action Gymnastics where she is coached by Magdalena During, Tatiana Tcheremnykh, and Val Tcheremnykh.
She resides in Freehold, NJ with her parent’s Willie and Tajuana Barron.
In the fall, Triniti plans to attend Illinois State University.
Academic Achievements: High Honor Roll
Gymnastics Achievements: 2016 Level 10 Regional Qualifier
2015 Level 9 Regional Qualifier
2014 Level 9 State Qualifier Words of Wisdom: It doesn’t matter how many times you fall. What counts is how many times you get back up even when it feels like you can’t.
Gymnasts who competed optionals in 2017 and who will qualify to a minimum of Level 8 in 2017-18 are eligible.
Athletes will be grouped first by level then club. 100 gymnasts will be accepted per level on a first come, first serve basis.
Brianne Dombrowski is a Level 9 athlete training at Devlin Gymnastics where she is coached by Jaime Solheim, Jaime Berkheiser, Alison Mitrosky, and Donna Terrill.
She resides in Brick Township, NJ with her parent’s Tom and Sharon Dombrowski.
In the fall, Brianne plans to attend college and major in Occupational Therapy.
Academic Achievements: National Honor Society
Distinguished Honor Roll all 4 Years
Gymnastics Achievements: Regional Qualifier 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Alternate to L9 Nationals 2015 Words of Wisdom: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
Tori Graffius is a Level 10 athlete training at TNT Gymnastics where she is coached by Todd Weiss, Tom Krupa, Chris Fennel.
She resides in Glendora, NJ with her parent’s Nicole & Jason Graffius.
In the fall, Tori plans to attend Rutgers University or Towson University and major in Athletic Training.
Academic Achievements: 3 Time Academic Varsity Letter
Gymnastics Achievements: 12 Time State Qualifier
Level 8 Regional Qualifier
2 Time Level 9 Regional Qualifier
Level 10 Regional Qualifier Words of Wisdom: It only takes 20 seconds of insane courage and anything is possible.
Ashley Foss is a Level 10 athlete training at North Stars Gymnastics where she is coached by Tony Gehman and Ashley Umberger.
She resides in Towaco, NJ with her parent’s Glenn and Christine Foss.
In the fall, Ashley plans to attend University of Georgia.
Gymnastics Achievements: Elite gymnast for 6 years
Qualified for Visa Championships in 2012 and 2013
2016 Regional Floor Champion
2016 National Beam Champion
Words of Wisdom: When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.
Justine Schmidt is a Level 8 athlete training at Star Bound Gymnastics Academy where she is coached by Lisa, Lori, Clint, Corrine.
She resides in , NJ with her paMagnoliarent’s Bill and Denise Schmidt.
In the fall, Justine plans to attend Jefferson University and major in Nursing. Words of Wisdom: Follow your heart, believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who encourage you to be better everyday.