Maryland clubs sweep in Black-Eyed Susan

November 21, 1994|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,Contributing Writer

Maryland teams won all six levels of competition at the 14th annual Black-Eyed Susan Invitational this weekend at Towson Center.

Twenty-seven teams from eight states participated in the meet sponsored by the Rebounders, a Timonium-based squad, and Towson State gymnastics teams. The 380 gymnasts competed in the vault, the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

The host Rebounders, participating in their first meet of the season, won the trophy in the highest level of Junior Olympics competition. Out-of-state teams have held the award the past five years.

Carolyn Hecht of the Rebounders took first place in the 15-and-over group at the most advanced level. Hecht, a senior at Friends School who has committed to Michigan State next year, scored 37.325.

Rebounder Olivia Trusty, 11, placed first in the 9-14 group with a score of 35.9.

In other advanced competition, the Rebounders also finished first overall in level nine. They took the four top places in the 14-15 group, with Robyn Mullaney finishing first all-around at 35.15.

Stephanie Neutze and Sarah Unger-Smith tied for second (34.9) and Cristin Gerkens finished fourth at 34.85.

At level eight, first-place performances by Kerri Simpson (12-13) and Dija Pathak (14-15) gave the Frederick Gymnastics Club the victory.

Beginning and intermediate gymnasts competed in levels five through seven. At level five, Frederick edged the Harford Gymnastics Club for first place, 144.35-143.1 points.

Frederick also won the level six competition. Hills Angels from Gaithersburg won level seven.

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