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Beline Obeid
January 17, 2013
The Grosse Pointe United gymnastics team brought home the third-place trophy from last weekend’s Fraser Invitational, along with many individual medals.

Grosse Pointe finished the meet with 135.275 points, behind only Birmingham United (136.1) and invitational champion Plymouth (138.075).

Seniors Emma Abessinio and Aubryn Samaroo also finished first and second in the all-around competition, and split most of the individual events, as well.

Abessinio scored a season-high 9.2 to win the vault, and was tops on the floor exercise with a 9.3. Samaroo won the balance beam with a 9.1, a season-high score for her.

Abessinio was also fourth on bars with a score of 8.3 and third on beam with an 8.55, while Samaroo finished tied for third on vault with an 8.8, tied for sixth on bars with a 7.85, and fourth on floor exercise with an 8.925.

Junior Caitlin Gaitley also had an outstanding meet, scoring a season-high 8.65 for her newly upgraded vault to place eighth on the event, fifth on beam with another season-high score of 8.35, seventh on floor exercise with an 8.55, and seventh in the all-around.

Also placing on several events was freshman Michelle Ellis, who tied her teammate Samaroo on both vault (third) and bars (sixth). She scored an 8.0 to tie for seventh on beam and placed fifth all-around.

Juniors Madi Bush and Amy Olson also placed on the events in which they competed. Bush placed 10th on vault with an 8.45 for her best score of the season, and Olson finished tied for seventh on beam with an 8.0.

Gyanei’ Johnson finished just out of the top 10 on floor where she got the team off to a strong start for the meet with an 8.2.

“We were a much improved team at the Fraser Invite,” said head coach Courtney Hamidi. “I’ve been so impressed with Madi Bush, Caitlin Gaitley and Amy Olson, who have all taken on bigger roles for the team this year and have improved so much.

“It’s still early in the season and I think that with a little more competitive experience under our belts, we can be a really strong team by the end of the season.”

Grosse Pointe’s next meet is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Jeanne Caruss Memorial Invitational held at Bounce Gymnastics in Hartland.

The meet will feature most of the top teams in the state.

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