Rec sports: Columbia Level 3 gymnastic team ranked No. 1 in the nation

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Columbia Gymnastics Club

The Columbia Gymnastics Level 3 girls ended their season by winning first place at the Dave Moskovitz Gymnastics for All Meet at Ursinus College, PA on March 18. According to the Team Gym 2012 rankings posted on the USAG website March 21, Columbia's score (17.208) places the team first in the nation for all Level 3 teams.

After qualifying for nationals at their first meet in January, the girls continued to raise their scores in every meet. Team members are Josie Brock, Autumn Flemming, Hannah Goldstein, Lily Koontz, Natalie Pinkett, Julie Rice and Ashley Russell.

Docksiders Gymnastics

Columbia resident Maria Ramsey, who competes for Docksiders Gymnastics, competed at the MDUSAG Level 8 state championship at Unique Gymnastics March 24.

By winning the vault (9.25), Ramsey is the Maryland Junior B state champion. She was second on floor exercise (9.25) and third on beam (9.1). Her uneven bars score was 8.8 and she tied for second in all-around (36.4)

Ramsey has qualified for, and will compete, at the MDUSAG Region 7 Level 8 Championship in April as a member of Team Maryland.


Laurel Soccer

The Laurel Academy Premier, a U-12 girls team that plays in the Baltimore Beltway Soccer League, recently won the U-12 regional division of the McLean Premier Soccer Tournament, March 17-18, in McLean, Va.

On the first day, Laurel easily beat McLean MPS 99 Real White, 3-0, and GRSC 99 Freedom, 5-0.

On Sunday, Laurel beat the MPS Real Silver, 5-1. Undefeated, the team advanced to the championship against Herndon Fury, a highly ranked Division 2 Washington Area Girls Soccer team.

Laurel dominated play against the Fury. The only goal scored against Laurel was a bad deflection during a corner kick. Laurel held on for the 2-1 victory and the tournament championship.


All Pro All Stars

The All Pro All Stars Cheer and Dance teams of Elkridge brought home six first places and a grand championship from the Extreme Short Competition March 10 in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Winning first place were Team Dazzle (Senior Level 2 cheerleading), Team Sparkle (Junior Level 1 cheerleading), Team Flash (Junior hip hop), Team Twinkle (Mini hip hop), Junior Individual tumble, Youth Duet and the Jump and Tumble Stars.

Team Flash was named the grand champions.

The All Pro parents team had their first performance and did an amazing job.

The All Pro All Stars will continue their season at the Season End competition April 21 at the University of Maryland.

On March 17, Shine (Mini Level 1) placed second in its first competition.


Columbia Clippers

The Columbia Clippers participated in the Maryland 10-U championships hosted by NBAC at UMBC March 17-18. Clippers in the top eight were:

6-UG: Christina Liu: 8. 25 free; 2. 25 breaststroke; 2. 25 butterfly. Natalie Liu: 1. 25 breaststroke.

7G: Rachel Soubier: 2. 25 free; 4. 50 free; 3. 100 free; 6. 50 backstroke; 3. 100 IM. Sanjana Rao: 3. 25 free; 6. 100 free; 2. 50 backstroke; 1. 50 butterfly. Jasmine Kwok: 8. 25 free; 7. 25 backstroke; 5. 25 butterfly; 5. 50 butterfly; 5. 100 IM. Olivia Porter: 6. 25 backstroke; 7. 25 butterfly; 8. 50 free. Leah Williams: 7. 25 breaststroke; 8. 25 butterfly.

8G: Tanith Thorogood: 5. 25 free; 8. 25 backstroke; 4. 25 butterfly. Becca McArthur: 8. 25 free. Sara Emig: 3. 25 breaststroke; 5. 50 breaststroke; 8. 25 butterfly.

8B: John Fitzsimmons: 8. 25 free; 6. 25 butterfly. Richard Wu: 3. 50 free; 4. 50 backstroke; 8. 25 butterfly; 7. 100 IM. Garrett Walsh: 7. 25 backstroke; 3. 50 backstroke; 3. 50 breaststroke.

9G: Alexa Porter: 4. 100 free; 8. 100 backstroke; 5. 50 butterfly; 6. 100 butterfly.

9B: Jordan Jones: 7. 50 free; 7. 200 free. Shane Hou: 8. 100 butterfly. Eddie Chi: 8. 200 IM.

10G: Amelia Liu: 8. 50 free; 7. 100 free; 5. 200 free; 3. 50 backstroke; 4. 100 backstroke; 8. 50 breaststroke; 7. 100 breaststroke.

10B: Cameron Adams: 4. 100 backstroke; 6. 50 backstroke. Matthew Takacs: 5. 100 butterfly. Alan Wang: 5. 200 IM.

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