The Rhythmic Gymnastics program at the New England Sports Academy has been making strides under the guidance of Coach Varduhi Nahapetyan and this past June, the team had tremendous success at the US National Championships in Orlando, Florida. The Rhythmic Stars team came home with 15 gold, 7 silver, and 4 bronze medals at the biggest competition of the season. This competition included many Westwood residents.
In the Individual Competition, Antara Adhav (level 6), won a gold medal for her rope routine and came in 4th place in the All-Around Category. Rebecca Shi (level 4) won a silver medal for her rope routine and also placed 2nd in the All-Around Category. Christina Eldamaa came in 5th place for her floor routine and 11th place in the All-Around Category.
In the Group Competition, the Rhythmic Stars Team had three groups participating which also included many Westwood residents.
Berwin Lan and Emily Liu, members of the Rhythmic Stars Beginner Group won gold medals for their floor and hoop routines. They were also National Champions in the All-Around Category. This group dominated most of the competitions this past year, including a 1st place finish at the USA Gymnastics Group Championships, which was held in Colorado this past February.
Ashley Devlin and Lily Xu, members of the Shining Stars Beginner Group won a gold medal for their hoop routine and a silver medal for their floor routine at the Competition. This group also came in 2nd place in the All-Around Category.
Lauren Lan, Michelle Li and Caitlyn Wei, members of the Ruby Stars Beginner Group came in 7th place in the All-Around Group Competition.
Antara Adhav and Berwin Lan will be attending the Thurston Middle School this fall, Christina Eldamaa attends the Martha Jones Elementary School, Rebecca Shi and the other Group Members all attend the Downey Elementary School.
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a beautiful and elegant sport infused with dance and ballet characteristics. Rhythmic gymnasts perform their routines to music using various apparatus such as rope, ball, hoop, clubs, and ribbon.
Most of these gymnasts practice for at least 20 hours per week with their coaches working hard on their elements and routines year around.
After enjoying tremendous success this past season, the Rhythmic Star gymnasts are looking forward to the start of a new season.