World Class Gymnastics added two more titles to its impressive collection of state team championships on Saturday and Sunday in Richmond.
The Level 10s for the Newport News-based gym won their fourth team title in the past seven years and the Level 9's their fourth title in the past five years at the Level 8, 9, and 10 State Championships. The defending-champion Level 8s placed fourth this time.
Taylor Harrison, competing in the 16-year-old age group, stood out for the World Class 10's with wins on vault (9.6) and floor (9.7).
Other individual champs included Kiera Brown, 17, on bars (9.7), Bridget Steffen, 17, on beam (9.55), and NaTori Robinson, 13, on beam (9.325) and floor (8.4).
The defending-champion World Class 10's, representing the highest level of competition at the meet, finished with a score of 114.325. Capital Gymnastics placed second with 113.825 points and Excalibur third with 113.400.
Taylor LeMoal, 16, Taylor Miezejeski, 13, and Lily Olson, 10, led the Level 9's with all-around titles. LeMoal came through with wins on vault (9.375), beam (9.325) and floor (9.475) en route to taking the all-around crown with a score of 36.875.
Olson topped her AA score (37.175) with wins on bars (9.575), beam (9.575) and floor (9.325).
Miezejeski, 37.175 in the AA, headed her individual performances with a first on bars (9.325).
As a team, the 9's scored a comfortable win with 113.500 points. Capital took second (112.400) and Gymstrada third (111.975).
On Level 8, Kristen Williamson, 16, Bria Hill, 17, and Lexi Mills, 11, made excellent showings. Williamson was a winner on floor (9.475), Hill first on floor (9.3), and Mills tied for the top score on vault (9.225).
Amanda Carner, rated one of the top high-school swimmers in the country, showed her multiple talents and endurance at the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals that ended a five-day run in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday
The Coast Guard Blue Dolphins' standout made her best showing in the 400-meter individual medley, placing fourth, and in the 200 backstroke, placing fifth. Those are two events for which she had already earned qualifying times for the U.S. Olympic trials this summer.
In the 400 IM, the 18-year-old Carner was timed in 4 minutes and 50.27 seconds while in the 200 back she was clocked in 2:15.80.
The Daily Press Girls Swimmer of the Year also placed sixth in the 500 freestyle (4:21.77), 11th in the 200 IM (2:21.37), 12th in the 200 butterfly (2:18.38), and 23rd in the 100 back (1:07.12).
The Blue Dolphins made their strongest showing in the 200 back. Behind Carner came Madison Hahn, currently in an unattached status with the team, in ninth place in 2:14.55 and Maryelizabeth Warhol 12th in 2:16.73.
Hahn, 17, also placed ninth in the 50 back (29.73) and 10th in the 100 back (1:03.16).
Hahn had previously qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100 back and Warhol in the 200 back.
Other top Blue Dolphin performances came from Charley Bowles, 17th in the 400 IM (4:34.97); Warhol, 17th in the 100 back (1:03.95); and James Kegelman, 19th 100 breaststroke, 1:06.92, and 20th in the 200 breast, 2:26.71.
Traci McAbee, one of the top women bowlers on the Peninsula for the past 15 years, was on top of her game at the Virginia Peninsula USBC Women's City Tournament that ended March 4 at Fort Eustis.
McAbee, of Hampton, rolled to runaway victories in two of the four handicap events. She won the all-events by a whopping 130 pins with a score of 2,410 and the singles by 46 pins with an 842 total. She received 126 pins handicap in singles and 378 for the all-events.
Second place in all-events went to Newport News' Christina Conover (2,280) and third to Angela Miller (2,276).
Shirley Willetts of Williamsburg (796) and Brenda Hubbard of Hampton (780) took second and third place, respectively, in the singles.
Jaime Johnson and Miller of Newport News topped the doubles with a score of 1,514 while Amanda Rhodes and Conover of Newport News placed second (1,483).
The handicap team title went to the 5 Pin Beer Chuggers #7 of Newport News with a 2,858 total. Members included Vickie Gorde, Carmela Jacobs, Joyce Holloway and Dawn Ballowe.
Juanita Bivens of Hampton won the scratch all-events with a score of 1,995. Kelly Carrington of Newport News (1,919) placed second and Kris Butz of Yorktown was third (1,878).
On Saturday night, the Virginia Peninsula USBC will hold its annual Bowlers' Nite Out Awards Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina.
The rainy conditions didn't seem to bother Nick Crowe of Williamsburg on Saturday afternoon.
While just about everybody else struggled, Crowe shot a 2-under-par 70 to win the Tidewater Golfweek Amateur Tour Kickoff Tournament at the Heron Ridge Golf Club in Virginia Beach.
Crowe made four birdies to card the only score under par. Jim Gallagher of Yorktown shot a 74 for runner-up honors.
Barry Cousler, Dan Barrows and Eric Neidermeyer tied for third with 75s.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times