The clinking of medals was hard to ignore Thursday as the gymnasts at Golden Isles Gymnastics walked around the facility. It was indicative of the success the gymnasts tallied at recent state, regional and national competitions.
The gymnasts brought home 27 total medals (10 golds, seven silvers and 10 bronzes) at the AAU National Championship held in Tampa on June 28-30. Rylie Collier was responsible for bringing home five of those medals.
Competing at Level 7, Collier was first in the all-around with a total of 37.825. She finished first in the vault with a 9.7 and first in the uneven bars with a 9.425. Collier added a silver in the floor exercise with a 9.550 and a bronze on the beam in 9.150.
Collier built on her success from state and regional meets. At the AAU state meet in Atlanta in May, Collier was third in the vault with a 9.4 and was sixth with a 9.5 at the regional meet in Athens in the lead-up to nationals.
Success at other levels also helped the medal count. Level 6 gymnast Madeleine Moore won four medals at nationals including first in the vault (9.7) and floor (9.5), second in the all-around (36.950) and third on the beam (8.950). Moore also had a third in the floor at state while Kaitlyn Chancy finished fourth in the floor.
Golden Isles won a plethora of medals at Level 4 at nationals. Marlee Brooks finished first in the floor (9.6), second in the all-around (36.750) and third on the bars (9.0). Alivia Palmer scored three medals with a first on the bars (9.6), second in the all-around (36.6) and third on the floor (9.6).
Elizabeth Booth finished first on the beam (9.475), second in the all-around (36.750) and third on the vault (8.950) and bars (9.2). Hope Gordon was third on the beam (9.2) and floor (9.35), and fifth in the all-around.
Merit Mallon contributed two medals with a second on the beam (9.7) and third in the all-around (36.650) in her group. Jade Fahs was second on the bars (9.250) and fifth in the all-around 35.625. Nevaeh Huff added three medals in her group with a first in the floor (9.625), second on the bars (9.275) and third in the all-around (36.400).
Level 4 and Level 3 gymnasts also won plenty of hardware at the state meet.
Palmer was first on the bar at state and fourth overall while Brooks was third on the beam, Mallon was second on the bars and Huff was first on the vault. Level 3 gymnast Reign McBride brought home second in the all-around.