Level 6 gymnasts 1st at FUNomenal Flippers Invitational


Lana Schmidt takes her turn on the winning podium for Darien.


Darien Y gymnasts competed in Glastonbury at the FUNomenal Flippers Gymnastics Meet recently.

Over 131 gymnasts and 12 teams competed at a variety of levels and age groups during the three-day invitational.

In the team competition, the Darien Y travel and house teams combined for a first place finish at level six as well as a second place finish at level five and level seven.

In the individual competition, Anna Altier, Nadia Borja, Lana Schmidt, Annsley Martin and Victoria Ware each won all-around titles.

Annsley Martin was the sole level nine contender for the team. She swept the competition, finishing first place on all four apparatus – vault, bars, beam and floor.

Level seven gymnast, Jane Ogden, placed second in the 14-15 age group, with a memorable first place finish on beam.


Annsley Martin keeps herself arrow straight.

Lana Schmidt finished at the top of level seven, in the 11-13 age group, placing first on both beam and floor, while teammate Tess Keating placed third on beam.

The level six gymnasts took first place in the team competition. In the 12-year old age group, Dillan Aysseh, Holly McGoldrick, and Lindsay Hall placed second, third, and fifth overall. Elizabeth Canelli stood out on the floor with a 9.4 third place, while Christina Pizzani excelled on vault with a 9.2 third place.

In the 9-11 year old age group, Victoria Ware and Kate Wolters finished first and second in the all-around competition. Sommer Schmidt, still recovering from a hand injury, was not able to compete on vault or bars, but nevertheless, placed fourth with a 9.35 on beam and sixth with a 9.4 on floor.

Finishing second in the team competition, fourteen of the Darien Y gymnasts competed at level five. Emma Neaderland led the way in the 12-year old category with first place finishes on vault and floor, while Lucy Collins placed second on vault with a 9.25.

Caterina Pye, Isabella DeStefano, Gabriela Pye, Nima Rahbar, Saskia Chermayeff, Megan Mitchell, and Audrey Ridder comprised seven of the top ten gymnasts in the eleven-year old category. Standout results include a 9.5 tie on vault between Isabella DeStefano and Gabriela Pye.

The youngest level five gymnasts — Nadia Borja, Abigail Nevin, Sofia DeStefano, Anna Moss, and Melina Cardini — swept the top five spots in the 9-10 year old category. Nadia Borja and Abigail Nevin split first place finishes in the four individual events.

At level four, eleven-year old Sofia Iuterie’s consistency won her a second place finish in the all-around. In the 8-9 year old age group, Julia Decsi and Alexia Buchesky placed second and third overall.

Level three gymnasts Anna Altier, Ava Licata and Lindy Mueller finished first, second and fourth in the nine-year old age group. Altier scored a meet high of 9.85 on floor.

Darien Y Gymnastics is lead by travel team coaches Vladimir Kovalenko, Valentina Kovalenko, Yury Vasilyev, Robert Ciuculete, and Daniela Andrei as well as house team coaches Erin Hunter, Nicole Kapitan, and Anatolie Vartosu.

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