• Pictured (from left) Dahlonega Gymnastics team member Kaitlyn Johnson celebrates her season high score in the floor exercise at the Level 6 Regionals in Chattanooga, Tenn. Team member LaDalle Carpenter celebrates her sixth place finish in the balance beam event at the Xcel Regionals in Hickory, N.C. Team member Mahlaya Wall takes time to enjoy the experience at the Xcel Regionals. Wall scored a personal best during the Regional competition in the floor exercise.

Dahlonega gymnasts compete at Regional meets

Three members of Dahlonega Gymnastics saw their hard work pay off when they qualified and competed in the youth gymnastics Regionals recently.

Kaitlyn Johnson, LaDalle Carpenter and Mahlaya Wall each took part in a Regional event to conclude the 2018-2019 season. The three gymnasts competed against the top athletes in their levels from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and the Carolinas.

Johnson, a Level 6 athlete, has been competing in gymnastics since 2014. Johnson started her gymnastics journey as a toddler in a parent and child gymnastics class almost 10 years ago. The rising sixth grader at LCMS took part in the Level 6 Regionals held in Chattanooga, Tenn. Johnson scored a season high on the floor exercise with a score of 9.25 during the event. 

Carpenter and Wall each qualified for and competed at the Xcel Regionals held in Hickory, N.C.

Carpenter showed off her skills in the balance beam event at the competition, scoring a 9.325. Carpenter’s score was high enough to place her in the top 10 at Regionals, earning her a sixth place finish.

Wall qualified for and competed in the floor exercise at the Xcel Regionals. Wall scored a personal best during her routine at Regionals, recording a score of 9.35.

“All three girls train about 16 hours a week at Dahlonega Gymnastics,” said Dahlonega Gymnastics instructor/coach Shannon Hageli. “They work hard to balance school and sports. We are very proud of these girls and the determination they show us at practice.”

With the success they enjoyed at the Regional competitions this season, Johnson, Carpenter and Wall will each be moving up to the next level of competition when the 2019-2020 season begins in December. Johnson is currently training for Level 7, Carpenter in training for Level 5 and Wall is working towards Level 7 skills.

Dahlonega gymnastics is home to about 400 students, including 65 team members.

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