US Gold Gymnasts shine at Junior Olympic Regionals Special to The Sun

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM.

Two local gymnasts, Virginia Bailey and Emma Schroeder, recently earned top honors in the Junior Olympic Regional Championships.

Virginia Bailey, age 13, a straight-A seventh grade student at Seaside Middle School , won first place all-around in her age group with a score of 37.925 at the Region 8 Junior Olympic Level 8 Regional Championships held April 19-21 at Georgia State University in Atlanta . Virginia also won second place on the uneven bars with a 9.45, second place on the floor exercise with a 9.6, third place on the balance beam with a 9.5 and eighth place on the vault with a 9.375.

Virginia is also a Level 8 Junior Olympic Florida State All-Around Champion and Balance Beam Champion which was held in Kissimmee on April 5-7, as a qualifier to the Regional Championships.

Virginia is an extremely hard worker and a team leader," said Coach Kathy Dwyer, “Whenever any of the other kids are having a rough day in the gym, she is the first person to give a hug and words of encouragement. She was voted Most Admired seventh grader among her peers at Seaside Middle School and I can definitely see why. “

Emma Schroeder, age 9, a straight-A fourth grade student at Bluewater Bay Elementary, won second place all-around in her age group with a score of 37.875 at the Region 8 Junior Olympic Level 8 Regional Championships. Emma is also the Regional Vault Champion with a first place finish with a score of 9.425 and the Regional Balance Beam Champions with a first place finish with a score of 9.6. She also placed third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.375 and fourth on the floor exercise with a score of 9.475.

Emma also placed fifth all-around with a score of 37.575 at the Level 8 Junior Olympic Florida State Championship held in Kissimmee . She also won third on the vault with a score of 9.4, 4th on the floor exercise with a score of 9.4, fourth on the uneven bars with a score of 9.225 and fifth on the balance beam with a score of 9.5.

“Emma was the second youngest gymnast in her age group at Regionals and competed with the maturity and grace of someone much older,” Dwyer said. “ I have coached a lot of children over the last 30 years and I have to say Emma is one of the most talented, toughest and hardest working young athletes I have ever had the privilege to work with. Expect to see even greater achievements from this young lady in the future!”



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