Madilyn Stevens, left, walks on the balance beam at the Dixie Flips Fun Meet on Saturday.. Sarah Lloyd Free, top right, swings from the bars during Saturday’s gymnastics meet.  Evey Craig,  bottom right, performs her floor routine.--Daniel Evans
Madilyn Stevens, left, walks on the balance beam at the Dixie Flips Fun Meet on Saturday.. Sarah Lloyd Free, top right, swings from the bars during Saturday’s gymnastics meet. Evey Craig, bottom right, performs her floor routine.-- Daniel Evans

Dixie Flips wrap up season with ‘fun meet’

Published 10:55pm Saturday, April 12, 2014

After a long season that included gymnastics meets all over the state, the Dixie Flips wrapped a bow on their season Saturday at their annual Fun Day.

The home meet gave the girls a chance to show off the skills they’ve learned this season in front of friends and family and also served as a fundraiser for the Dixie Flips.

“This is our one big fundraiser every year,” Dixie Flips head coach Tracey Craig said. “The money goes into the gym in an effort to get more equipment. We are trying to build the gym up and make it what it needs to be.”

Several of the performers were veteran team members, with several gymnastics meets already in their rear view mirror. Craig said the verteran girls showed Saturday how much they have improved from the beginning of the season.

“I think they have improved tremendously,” Craig said. “I can see a lot of improvements in the girls and I expect us to take first place next year in a lot of stuff.”

Most of the performers at Saturday’s event were taking part in their first gymnastics meet. Craig said she was thrilled with how they performed.

“It is always surprising and you never know what to expect from everybody,” Craig said. “We have girls in here competing that have only been here two or three weeks and they did tremendous and got through the routines.”

The girls are broken down into levels based on their experience and their level of expertise.

Only one level five performer — Sarah Lloyd Free — took part. Free finished with a total all-around score of 30.6. The next highest level performer was Evey Craig, a level three gymnast, who also competed in her own category and finished with a total score of 34.8.

The level two team classification included six gymnasts and was won by Jaden McGee, who finished first in all-around with a total of 35.2 points. McCann Perkins, who finished first in vault, and Brooke Egbert, who finished first in bars, tied for second with 35 points in the all-around standings. Kennan Lee McHugh finished third in all-around with a score of 34.6. Ruth Stevens and Margaret McLaughlin rounded out the top five of the level two team standings.

Brooke W. Waters finished first in the level two class all-around standings, winning the bars and beam to finish with a total score of 31.8. Deja Thompkins finished second in the all-around, winning the beam. Anna Drew Haugen was third overall after winning the vault with a score of 8.2.

Madilyn Stevens finished first in the level one all-around standings with a total score of 32.8, followed by Shyana Montoro who had a score of 31.5. Ally Odom finished third with a score of 30.9, followed by Molly Bohannon in fourth, Delaney McHugh in fifth, Brooklyn Bullard in sixth, Ava Young in seventh, Lilly McHugh in eighth, Emily Grace Mims in ninth, Bentley Hall in tenth and Jolie Jackson in eleventh.

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