Gymnasts Win Medals In NY Manhattan Classic

January 27, 2014

The Bermuda Gymnastics team will return to Bermuda with an impressive medal haul from the 2014 Manhattan Classic, as well as the team “Spirit of the Sport” Award.

Nineteen gymnasts traveled to the Big Apple, with most competing in the USAIGC Copper, Bronze, and Silver levels, and Tabytha Hofheins competing in the USAG Level 9 session.

The squad’s strongest showing came in the Bronze Level, with the group winning 2nd place as a team and Jezhari Talbot winning golds on Vault, Bars, Beam and in the All-Around.

The Bronze level gymnasts also won the “Spirit of the Sport” Award, awarded by the meet officials to the team demonstrating the most team spirit and enthusiasm. Gold medals were also won by Copper gymnasts Annabelle Miller [beam] and Kayode George [vault, beam].

Bronze team:

Bronze team Manhattan Classic 2014

Coaches Mandi Baughman, Chris Nelligan, and Molly Newbury traveled with the team. Coach Baughman said, “The gymnasts should be very pleased with their accomplishments this weekend. The coaches are always impressed by our gymnasts’ competitive spirit and sportsmanship, and this meet was no exception. We look forward to the Manhattan Classic as a key part of our schedule, as it gives us a chance to see many of the teams we will compete with at USAIGC World Championships in June.

“Overall, all of the girls showed improvement from the November meet in Bermuda, and Jezhari Talbot in particular had a standout result for the team. For Tabytha in the advanced Level 9 session, she was up against some of the best gymnasts in the U.S. and had an impressive 2nd place finish on vault. This was a stepping stone for her as she looks to compete in a college program”.

USAIGC Copper level

  • Overall: 3rd place team 106.3

7-8 yrs

  • Annabelle Miller 1st beam, 6th all around 34.2
  • Laura Hupman 2nd beam, 7th all around 33.95

9-10 yrs

  • Rhianna Evelyn 4th beam, 6th all around 34.875
  • Daria Symonds 3rd vault, 7th all around 34.825
  • Mya Furbert-Jacobs 5th vault1, 15th all around 32.925


  • Kayode George 1st vault, 1st beam, 2nd all around 35.325

Bronze Level Meet

  • 2nd place team: 106.35

8-9 years

  • Jezhari Talbot: 1st place vault, bars, beam, 2nd place floor, 1st place all-around 36.375
  • Yve Smith: 2nd place bars, 3rd place all around 34.55
  • Sanaa Burgess: 3rd place vault, 4th place all around 33.45

10- 11 years

  • Jasmine Simons: 3rd place vault and bars, 4th place all around 34.775
  • Logan Watson-Brown: 3rd place beam, 6th place all around 33.775
  • Holly Wakely: 8th place beam, 7th place all around 33.25
  • Brianna Ray: 6th place vault, 8th place all around 33.15

USAG Level 9 Meet:

  • Tabytha Hofheins: 2nd place vault, 8th place all around 32.4

Silver Meet:

  • 5th place team: 102.075

11-12 years

  • Anah Lightbourne: 7th place beam, 6th place all around 35050
  • Kanzi Emery: 4th place vault, 8th place all around 34.775
  • Sasha Crumley: 26th place bars, 29th place all around 30.675

13-14 years

  • Kinae Dowling: 10th floor, 12th place all around 32.25

Maya Malpas was meant to compete in silver but was unfortunately out with the flu.

The BGA senior team will see action in two weeks at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational, touted as the “largest gymnastics meet in the world”. The BGA boys team will then return to competition on March 1st at the Mid Atlantic Invitational at the University of Maryland.

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  1. WhistleBlower says:

    Well Done ladies

  2. Catherine DL says:

    Great job girls – you do us proud!