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Local gymnasts compete at nationals

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:59 a.m. CDT
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DeKalb High School freshman Aleah Leman (left) and Sycamore High School senior Meredith Whisenhunt qualified for a national gymnastics meet May 2-4. Both girls are on the Energym gymnastics club team.

SYCAMORE – Energym gymnasts Meredith Whisenhunt, a senior at Sycamore High School, and Aleah Leman, a freshman at DeKalb High School, competed in the Junior Olympic Eastern Nationals gymnastics meet in Bradenton, Fla., May 2-4. Only the top six gymnasts at each age level in a five-state region make it to nationals.

Meredith, who competes on the DeKalb/Sycamore co-op high school gymnastics team as well as on Energym’s competitive team, was happy to make it to nationals after only having had three club meets when the high school season was over. Before the competition, she said she just wanted to be able to do "the half," a vault she has worked on all season.

This is Aleah's first year as a Level 9 gymnast, a requirement for nationals. She worked through the summer while recovering from a micro tear.

“I made it a goal to go to nationals this year," she said. "I have worked very hard, and I made it.”

Energym owner and coach Andy Morreale said the pair's training for nationals was "awesome."

“They look better than they have all year," he said before the competition.

“These girls have had a great season," Coach Gene Margiotta said. "They are stepping up to every new challenge, and I am expecting they will do well."

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