Twinsburg's youthful gymnastics squad has shown plenty of promise and potential this season for a bright future.

Led by head coach M'Caul Layman, the Tiger program does not include a single senior on the roster.

Besides the youth, Twinsburg has been hit hard this winter with injuries and illness.

"The girls have done a great job so far this season, there is always room for improvement and every practice we are making those corrections and upgrading skills," said Layman, after Twinsburg had its finest meet of the year in Brecksville Thursday.

Twinsburg competed at the "Beauty and the Beast" meet, which was a combined gymnastics and wrestling meet, including Cuyahoga Falls and Brecksville.

The Tigers have battled and registered their best team score of the young season with a 121.6, which was second overall.

"With some injuries, the girls are trying to push through and have a good season," said Layman.

"In this sport there will always be bumps and bruises, but that is what makes the athlete get up and do it again until it is accomplished to the best of their ability," she added..

Making up the Tigers are junior Peyton Sesny, junior Brett Grosel, sophomore Jenna Post, sophomore Gillian Voltz, freshman Katy Okuma, sophomore Pallavi Vembar, freshman Sajal Mutter, junior Isabel Bongiovanni, sophomore Sydney White, freshman Alexis Frazier and freshman Abbey Maurer.

Sesny has posted some impressive scores this winter. Sesny has an 8.7 mark on the balance beam and an all-around score of 32.65.

In the floor exercise, Sesny has a season best of 8.7, she has scored an 8.2 on the vault, and a 7.75 on the bars.

Grosel has scored well in a host of events as well. She has an 8.25 on the vault, 8.7 in the floor exercise, 8.7 on the beam, an all-round mark of 32.55, and a 7.4 on the bars.

Another steady performer has been Post, who has a solid 8.4 score in the floor exercise, an 8.2 on vault, 6.55 on bars, all-around of 30.2, and a beam score of 7.8.

Voltz has put up a score of 7.9 on the vault for a season best while she has a floor mark of 7.4.

Okuma had a 7.5 score in the floor exercise, and all-around of 26.75 this season, and a vault of 7.75.

Also contributing as a first-year performer, Mutter has a 7.2 on the vault and a 7.15 on the beam.

"I can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds, and so thankful to be their coach," offered Layman of her young squad.

The Beauty and The Beast meet featured only a few Lady Tigers.

"Since we are out seven of the 11 girls and we had one of the better meets of the season, we had girls step up and make the best out of the situation," emphasized Layman.

As a team, Twinsburg placed second overall at the meet in the floor with a season best score of 33.0. It was also the best team mark in the vault for the Tigers, who were third at 32.25.

"I am very proud of the girls at the meet, it was a great atmosphere to be with wrestling and gymnastics going on together. Coach Maggie (Maggie Benedetti) and I are very proud of them."

In a meet at Kenston Dec. 28, Twinsburg had its best effort of the year on the beam with a score of 31.6 as a team. Twinsburg also had a 26.8 in the bars against the Bombers.

Twinsburg looks to continue to build at the Rock n' Roll meet at Brecksville Saturday.

The Suburban League Championships are set for Feb. 10 as the Tigers finalize their routines.

Post season action this winter kicks off Feb. 17 this season for sectional tournament play. Districts are set for Feb. 24.


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