RHAM gymnastics a healthy mix of experience, ages

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Jan. 18, 2012
Rebecca Rumley competes on the beam. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Rebecca Rumley competes on the beam. Photos by Melanie Savage.

This year’s RHAM gymnastics team is a real mixture, both in terms of experience level and age. “We have three really experienced gymnasts, and we have three former club gymnasts who haven’t been competing for a while,” said head coach Kathy Jordan. “And then we have some girls who have been cheerleaders who are just starting.”

Age-wise, the team is composed of three freshmen, four sophomores, two juniors and two seniors. “So, yeah, we have a nice mix,” said Jordan.

Regarding team strengths, “Floor is definitely one of our strengths, and beam can be, as well,” said Jordan.

At a Jan. 16 meet against Stonington High School, top RHAM gymnast (and senior team captain) Emma Hartan was sitting out due to rules pertaining to club gymnasts. “It helps to get some of our less-experienced girls some experience,” said Jordan. “We really have a good group. Our three strongest girls [Emma Hartan, Stephanie Mager and Jess Rivard] are great. But our next group is our foundation. It’s fun to watch them develop.”

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