Alpena Amateur Athletic Union senior gymnasts compete in last home meet

Courtesy Photo Alpena Amateur Atheletic Union (AAU) gymnasts stand together at a local meet in this undated courtesy photo.

Alpena Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) senior gymnasts, Cailyn Burrone, Lola Halleck, Grace Samp, Savanna Spangle, and Cecelia Weaver, competed in their very last home meet of their career at the APlex, on Saturday, April 6. The day included both celebrations and tears. Each of the seniors was escorted by parents and presented to the crowd while their thanks to their teammates, coaches, and families, along with their future dreams, were read to the spectators.

All the seniors had strong performances. Burrone had been out the entire 2023-24 season, due to an injury, but performed a floor routine that made the crowd cheer. Halleck placed first on the vault with a 9.50, and second on the bars (9.50) and floor (9.60). Samp, competing for the first time since June of 2023 (due to injury), placed first on the floor with a 9.7. Spangle placed second on both vault and beam with a 9.20. Weaver earned scores of 9.20 on both the vault and the bars.

The seniors’ teammates also had stunning performances. Silver gymnast Cailyn Peters earned four first place finishes on the vault (9.40), bars (9.50), beam (9.50), and the all-around (37.20). Livvy Spangle earned two second place finishes on the beam (9.00) and floor (9.20). Addison Adrian earned first place on vault (9,50), and three second place finishes on beam and floor (9.30), and the all-around (37.10). Rachel Grider earned two second-place finishes on the beam and floor (9.30). Madelyn Coffman earned first place on floor (9.40) and second place on vault with a 9.30. Elise Budd earned three first-place finishes on the bars and beam (9.50) and in the all-around (37.60). Emmi Ruby earned a 9.10 on vault and an 8.80 on the floor.

Gold gymnast Lydia Allen earned three first-place finishes on vault (9.40), beam (9.30), and in the all-around (37.10). Aryanna Page earned a second-place finish on the vault with a 9.20. Abigail Reinhardt earned a first place finish on the bars with a 9.40. Libby Misiak earned a first place finish on the bars with a 9.60. Clare Lacross earned a 9.00 on vault and a 9.20 on the floor. Callie Brousseau earned second place on the floor (9.60) and two first place finishes on beam (9.70) and in the all-around (37.90).

The two Platinum gymnasts, Faith Dragiewicz and Brooke Smith, shared both first and second places among themselves. Dragiewicz took first place on vault (9.50), bars (9.40), and in the all-around (36.80). Smith took first place on both beam (8.40) and floor (9.80).

Courtesy Photo Alpena AAU senior gymnasts stand together in this undated courtesy photo. From left to right, in the back, is Cailyn Burrone, Cecelia Weaver and Lola Halleck, in the front is Grace Samp and Savanna Spangle. The senior recently competed in their last home meet.

Joining the Alpena AAU home meet for the first time were Alayna Gosselin, Elliot Radford, and Nova Roznowski. They are new to the AAU program as Xcel Silver-level gymnasts. Gosselin earned scores of 9.00 on the vault, 9.40 on the bars, and 9.00 on the floor. Radford earned a score of 9.30 on the vault and bars and a 9.10 on the floor. Roznowski earned a 9.20 on the vault and 8.80 on the floor.

According to Geri Samp, head coach, “Both Billy Brousseau and I have been coaching these seniors since they were young girls. They have been leaders, encouragers, and role models for so many of the kids in the gym. They will be greatly missed! We hope they come back to either visit or coach with us someday. They have so much to offer the program.”


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