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Cobra gymnasts shine in Saratoga’s Winterfest competition

The 49 member team of Cobra Gymnastics in Rutland, wrapped up a successful weekend in New York at the well- attended Saratoga Winterfest competition.

The start of their season included traveled to Albany, New York, Saco, Maine, Williston and Essex, Vermont. The teams found success at all events; highlights include two first place team wins at the American Flyers Cup in Saco from the Bronze and Gold teams.

Cobra is hosting six levels of competitors this year, under the umbrella of USA Gymnastics.

Representing Vermont for the first year at the Saratoga Winterfest, the girls made quite an impact. With over 673 gymnasts competing over a three-day event, Cobra found itself atop the podium multiple times.

Bailey Wilbur of Whiting, a second year Bronze team member, continued to shine by capturing first place on balance beam (9.425) and all-around (37.625). Teammates Lorelie Shackett of Cornwall (9.65 vault) and Domenica Gagiardi of Rutland Town (9.70 vault) also captured first place individual wins. The Bronze team captured second place with a 113.15 total score.

Charli Fahoury of Wallingford, a first year Silver team member, showcased her talents by capturing first place on vault (9.75), bars (9.675) and the all-around (37.65). Her teammates Lucie Goelz of Rutland (9.10 vault) and Madelyn McPhee of Wallingford (9.50 vault) also captured first place individual wins. The Silver team captured third place with a 113.35 total score.

Wilber, Fahoury, and Emory Mishoe (37.50) of Benson all landed in the top 25 all-around scores of the entire weekend.

The 12 member Gold team shied away from first by just 0.50, taking home a third place award with a total score of 110.65. London Febbie of Londonderry captured first on bars (9.675) while her teammate Karsyn Koontz of Jamaica placed first on floor (9.4) with a fun-filled cowgirl themed routine.

“Our teams are some of the strongest we’ve ever had. We look forward to the remaining competitions and witnessing the girls rise into their fullest potential… This is my favorite time of the season, when meets provide constant opportunity and goals are easily in sight,” said Coach Shelby Barsalou. 

The teams will stay in Vermont for the remainder of their season, finishing with the state championships to be held in Rutland on March 16-17.   

Silver Medalists include:

Bailey Wilbur (9.400 vault), Izzy Skuro (9.500 bars), Emory Mishoe (37.500 all-around) and (9.475 vault), Catherine Welch (9.400 floor), Hannah Beach (36.875 all-around), (9.050 vault) and (9.475 bars), Lily Crowningshield (9.400 bars), Alexa Kojak (9.200 vault), Amelia Gibbs (9.800 bars), London Febbie (36.350 all-around) and (8.825 vault), Alivia Cerina (9.000 beam), Bay Sparks (9.550 bars).

Bronze Medalists include:

Bailey Wilbur (9.425 bars) and (9.375 floor), Lorelei Shackett (9.475 bars), Izzy Skuro (9.350 beam) and (9.500 floor), Domenica Gagliardi (9.150 beam), Emory Mishoe (9.700 bars), Catherine Welch (9.100 vault), Hannah Beach (9.200 beam), Lily Crowningshield (9.000 vault), Erin Taylor (36.525 all-around) and (9.050 vault), Maddison Larson (9.350 floor), Alexa Kojak (9.400 bars), Amelia Gibbs (9.000 beam), Karsyn Koontz (36.325 all-around) and (9.525 bars), Ella Lamson (9.225 floor), Hazel Mabey (9.000 vault), Eda Mae Fioretti (9.000 vault).


Photos Courtesy Team Photo

Karsyn Kootz, Gold team member 

Izzy Skuro- Bronze Team

Grace Mical of Middlebury on beam

Madelyn McPhee, Charli Fahoury, Lucie Goelz- Silver Team Members- 

Lorelie Shackett, Izzy Skuro, Bailey Wilbur, Domenica Gagliardi- Bronze Team Members

Piper Cioffi, Bronze team

Grace Mical of Middlebury dismounting beam



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