Aerial Port’s Level 9 gymnastics won first place in the Super Challenge meet held in Hamilton, Ohio. It was the second consecutive meet in which the Mountain Magic team took home a victory.

Aerial Port Level 9’s winning score at the Super Challenge was 104.775 points, which was a one point improvement over their prior meet.

“Once we get healthy from several injuries, we know that our team total scores will improve,” said coach Gary Rafaloski.

The Aerial Port Level 5 and Level 7 teams each placed third in the Super Challenge.

The Mountain Magic teams have additional upcoming meets in New Cumberland, West Virginia, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the next few weeks.

“We look to the challenge and experience from each meet to better our teams at the season progresses,” Rafaloski said.

Individually, Sophie Balko in the “A” division and Ava Miranov in the “B” division led victory for Aerial Port Level 9 at the Super Challenge, with both taking first place.

Miranov recorded a total score of 35.70 points and took first in each of the vault, bars and beam and second in the floor. Miranov’s winning scores for each of her victories in the vault, bars and beam were 8.925, 8.7, and 9.095, respectively.

Balko tallied 34.875 total points and also took first in each of the vault, bars and beam while taking second in the floor. Her winning marks for the vault, bars and beam were 8.75, 8.8 and 8.6, respectively.

Allie Howell in the “A” division and Emily Brock in the “C” division also earned place finishes for the Level 9 team, with both finishing as their group’s respective runners-up.

Howell totaled 32.725 points en route to second overall. She earned Top 3 finishes in each of the vault, bars and beam, and her 8.8 score in the floor exercise was good for first in the event. Brock’s earned second place in her age group after placing third in both the vault and the beam while taking first in the floor with an 8.95.

Lily Hamilton also competed for the first-place Level 9 squad in the “B” division, where she took second in the bars with a score of 8.525.

Aerial Port had two other gymnasts earned first place finishes across their various team levels.

On the Level 7 squad, Harlyn Nelson took first place in the “A” division with a total score of 36.15. Nelson earned firsts in both the vault with an 8.95 and the beam with a 9.45 and nabbed third in the floor exercise. On the Level 8 team in the “C” division, Jalynn Park took first overall with a score of 35.875. Park was first in the bars with a 9.0 score and took second in each of the vault and floor exercise.

Across all levels, Aerial Port had another four gymnasts earn place finishes, with each of Leeya Lear, Chandler Urse, Ella Harvey and Rielee McGuffey taking third in their respective divisions.

Lear took third overall in the Level 3 “E” division with a total score of 35.575, including second in the bars (9.0) and third in the vault, beams and floor. Urse came in third place in the Level 3 “D” division with 36.575 points, including first in the bars (9.15), second in the vault, and third in the beam. Harvey placed third overall in the Level 5 “A” division with 33.70 points, including a first place finish in the bars (8.3). McGuffey took third overall in the Level 8 “A” division, with a second place finish in the vault (8.825).

Outside of Mountain Magic’s overall place finishers, the team had another 10 gymnasts place in at least one event.

Arianna Howell placed third in the beam (9.15) in the Level 4 “D” division. Kierstyn Bach took third in the bars (8.55) in the Level 4 “D” division. Karis Prouty took second in the vault and the floor exercise (8.9) in the Level 4 “C” division. Skye Gerkin finished second in both the bars and the floor (8.55) in the Level 5 “A” division. Addisyn Hearn placed third in both the vault and the floor (8.55) in the Level 5 “B” division. Sophie Noe took first in the floor (8.9) and third in the bars in the Level 5 “A” division. Anna Bowsheir nabbed second in the beam (9.225) and third in the bars in the Level 6 “A” division. Adriana Ribas placed third in the beam (8.45) in the Level 8 “A” division. Lauren Howell came in third in both the vault (8.5) and the bars in the Level 8 “C” division. Ayla Miranov placed second in the bars (8.35) and third in the floor exercise in the Level 8 “A” division.

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