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Pictured above are Grosse Pointe gymnasts at the podium after earning several medals in the league championship meet, including Isabelle Nguyen, Maria Nguyen, Jen Gmeiner, Amy Olson, Gyanei' Johnson and Michelle Ellis. Photo courtesy of Courtney Hamidi

February 27, 2014
The Grosse Pointe United varsity gymnastics team won the 2014 Great Lakes League Championships with a school-record score of 143.975 points, and also swept all of the individual titles in the process.

In the team competition, Grosse Pointe beat Birmingham United (135.550) and Fraser (116.825).

The previous school record, set in 2012, was 142.85 points.

In Division 1 competition, Isabelle Nguyen took first place in every event and the all-around, scoring a 9.5 on vault, a 9.875 on uneven bars, a 9.55 on balance beam, and a 9.65 on floor exercise. Nguyen's uneven bars score also set a new school record on that event.

Also in Division 1, Maria Nguyen tied for the vault title and placed second in the uneven bars (9.025), floor exercise (9.6) and all-around, and finished sixth in the balance beam (7.65).

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In Division 2, Jennifer Gmeiner nearly swept the individual titles, winning the vault (8.75), uneven bars (8.95), balance beam (8.7), all-around, and placing second on the floor exercise.

Teammate Gyanei' Johnson completed the sweep for Grosse Pointe, winning the Division 2 floor title with a 9.00.

Johnson also placed fourth on the balance beam (8.1), seventh on the uneven bars (7.225) and third all-around. Michelle Ellis also had a strong meet for Grosse Pointe in Division, placing second on the vault (8.65), uneven bars (8.125), floor exercise (8.6), and all-around, and finishing eighth on beam (7.6).

Chandler McClarty upgraded her vault difficulty to place third on that event with a personal best 8.5.

Senior Amy Olson also finished in the medals on several events, placing second on beam (8.4), fifth on floor (8.4) and tenth on uneven bars (5.65).

Grosse Pointe has one more non-conference dual meet, and then will prepare for the regional championships, held at Plymouth High School, Saturday, March 1.

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