The Bright Raven Gymnastics Boys Teams had a strong showing at the 2018 USA Gymnastics New York State Championships held in Binghamton March 16-18 emerging with 4 State Champions and many gymnasts qualifying to advance to Regional Competition.
The Level 9 team finished in second place with Justin Ciccone of Greece earning gold for his performance in high bar competition and placing second on vault and third on rings. Teammate Cole Pringle of Pittsford earned gold in floor exercise competition and Ethan Rio of Avon finished second on floor, second on parallel bars and third all around. Ciccone also went on to win in the Junior Elite competition taking first place in floor exercise, vault and rings.
Aiden Arena, age 14, of Fairport earned silver in the Level 7 vault competition.
The Bright Raven Level 6 team also finished second with Evan Gienau of Henrietta winning first place on high bar and third place on vault in Division 1 for ages 12 and over. In Division 2, 10-year-old Kaden Smeenk of Penfield placed second on vault and third in floor exercise, high bar and all around.
In the Level 5 competition,8-year-old Kash Ames of Webster took first place in both parallel bars and all around competition. Ames also was awarded second place on rings, second on high bar and third on both vault and floor exercise. Caleb Lantz of Henrietta finished third on rings in the 10-year-old division and Jake Robbins of Webster was third on rings in the 11-year-old division.
In the Level 4 competition 9-year-old Aidan Kelly of Holley took second place on vault. 10-year-old Matthew Rowe of North Chili was second on floor and third on the parallel bars.
Several members of the Bright Raven team qualified to advance in USA Gymnastics competition. Drew Ahlstrom (Level 6) & Kash Ames (Level 5) were named to the New York State Team by placing in the top 10 all around across age divisions in their respective levels. They will travel to West Point April 29th to compete in the Region 7 State Team Championships where they will help New York take on the teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The following nine gymnasts will be moving on to compete in the Region VII Championships April 5 – 8 in Lincroft, New Jersey: Drew Ahlstrom (Level 6), Mateo Poole (Level 6), Evan Gienau (Level 6), Ryan Dugan (Level 9), Cole Pringle (Level 9), Justin Ciccone (Level 9), Ethan Rio (Level 9), Brian Cannon (Level 10), Ryan Buick (Level 10).