Top-Flight lays out welcome mats

Host: County club braces for arrival of 250 gymnasts, including about 20 from Delaware, for championships.

Howard At Play

March 25, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

This is the time of year that competitive youth gymnasts train and point for - championship meets at the state, regional and even national levels.

Top-Flight Gymnastics, one of four Howard County clubs, will play host to next weekend's 30-1 Maryland state championships for female athletes at levels 7 and 8.

Girls at the top skill levels, 9 and 10, will compete for Maryland honors the following weekend in Churchville, Harford County.

About 250 athletes from around the state will compete in next weekend's meet at Top-Flight's facilities on Red Branch Road in Oakland Ridge Industrial Center in Columbia, with the level 7s competing Saturday and the level 8s Sunday.

About 20 of the athletes will be from Delaware, and while in the same events as the Marylanders, they will be competing for honors only in their home state.

Top-Flight, an 11-year-old club with about 1,100 participants, most at the recreational level, also is pointing for a rare trip to USA Gymnastics' Region 7 (New York south to Virginia) meet April 7 and 8 in Allentown, Pa.

Its three-member boys team won the club's first Maryland state class 1 title - the highest skill level for boys - March 17 and 18.

The three team members are Elie Sollins, a Howard High senior planning to attend the University of Vermont this fall, Oakland Mills High junior Grant Regelin and Centennial High junior Ryan Hikel.

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