Garden Gators prevail at Hackettstown Gator Classic


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  • Dara DePaolo of Wantage takes first place in the all around, while teammate Gianna Macones of Sparta finishes second.




  • Gianna Marcos of Sparta is shown on the balance beam.




  • Reese Abrams of Sparta, Morgyn Witt of Newton and Ciara Peselli of Newton go 1-2-3 as all-around winners.



They share their name with this last meet, but the Sparta Garden Gators triumphed at the Garden Gator Classic this past weekend AT Giant Gymnastics of Hackettstown.

Meet results

Copper (Ages 7 to 9)
Meagan Ward of Fredon, placed first on Floor Exercise with a 9.15, second on Vault and Balance Beam, third on Uneven Bars and 1 place All Around with a 36.1.
Megan Smith of Sparta, placed first Balance Beam with a 9 5, 1 on Uneven Bars with an 8.7, 2 on Floor Exercise, and second All Around with a 36 .
Katie Hlywa of Fredon, placed first on Vault with a 9.5, second on Uneven Bars, and third All Around with a 34.8.
Jadyn DePaolo of Wantage, placed third on Vault and Floor Exercise.
Shea Cina of Sparta, placed third on Balance Beam.
Copper (Ages 10-11)
Reese Abrams of Sparta, placed first on Floor Exercise with a 9 , second on Vault, Balance Beam and Uneven Bars and first place All Around with a 35.6.
Morgyn Witt of Newton, placed first on Balance Beam with a 9.2, second on Floor Exercise, third on Vault and Uneven Bars and second place All Around with a 35.1.
Ciara Peselli of Newton, placed first on Vault with a 9.55, first on Uneven Bars with an 8.7, third place on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, and 3rd place All Around with a 34.75.
Copper (Ages 12+)
Audrey Biss of Sparta, placed first on Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise and All Around with a 34.45.
Bronze (Ages 8-9)
Caroline Dietz of Lafayette, placed first in Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, and first place All Around with a 35.4.
Bronze (Ages 10-11)
Emily Rodriguez of Stillwater, placed second on Vault and Balance Beam, third on Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise, and third All Around with a 35.15.
Bronze (Ages 12-14)
Tori Frisbie of Sandyston, placed first on Vault with a 9.2, third on Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise, and second All Around with a 35.4.
Silver (Age 11)
Kelly Cardell of Hackettstown, placed first on Uneven Bars, second on Vault and third place All Around with a 32.9.
Silver (Ages 12-13)
Dara DePaolo of Wantage, placed first on Uneven Bars with a 9 , first on Balance Beam with a 9.1, third on Vault with a 9.5, and 1 place All Around with a 36.65.
Gianna Macones of Sparta, placed first on Vault with a 9.6, first on Floor Exercise with a 9.65, 2 on Uneven Bars, third on Balance Beam and 2 place All Around with a 36.4.
Silver (Age 14+)
Kelly Hurley of Sparta, first place on Vault with a 9.5, first on Balance Beam with a 9.15, first on Uneven Bars, third on Floor Exercise and first place All Around with a 36.
Kaitlin Peccia of Lafayette, placed second on Vault, Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise, third on Balance Beam and second place All Around with a 35.45.

The Sparta Gators attended their sister gym’s meet in full force with 19 gymnasts in attendance.

After two sessions of competition, the Gators walked away with the first-place Copper team award and the first-place Silver team award. The Bronze team brought home the fourth-place award.

Individually, the Garden Gators saw their best meet of the season yet, with the Gators totals of 31 Gold medals, 28 Silver and 23 Bronze — on top of the gymnasts having 32 scores of 9.0 or better.

“While the medals are nice to bring home, what’s truly impressive was hearing the girls cheer for each other, watching the girls faces as they finished each event with such pride, and seeing them constantly improve their skills and scores with each meet,” said coach Carly Earl, who spent the session with Copper level Gators.

Sparta’s Garden Gators will compete again in late April in Hackettstown, but first up is the Butterfly Classic at C.S. Gymnastics in Flanders.

For more information about the Garden Gator Gymnastics team, or about the recreational gymnastics and cheer programs at Giant Gymnastics in Sparta, go online at www.GiantGymnastics.com or call 973-579-9400.

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