9 New Jersey Gymnastics Center Competitors Named National Medalists

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North Stars Gymnastics Academy press release:

BOONTON, NJ (June 23, 2022) – The North Stars Gymnastics Academy announces nine gymnasts from the United States Women’s Development Program who have placed in the Top 10 as National Medalists – with one gymnast taking first place in the all-around and two others placing in the top three in the all-around in their respective age brackets.

“We commend our gymnasts for their courage and perseverance in an ultra-competitive national field,” said Ashley Umberger, owner and head coach of North Stars Gymnastics Academy in Boonton, NJ (Morris County). “I am excited about the possibilities for these talented female athletes and grateful to lead them into a promising future.”

THIRD PLACE Level 10 National All-Around Medalist:
Amani Herring, 18, Denville, Class of 2022
Penn State University Gymnastics Commits
Width: 9.550, 2nd place
Floor: 9.775, 4th place
Jump: 9.700, 5th place
AA: 38,500, 3rd place

Other Tier 10 National Medalists include:
Olivia Kelly, 15, Mahwah, Class of 2024
Member of the Barbados National Gymnastics Team
Beam: 9.600, 3rd place
Floor: 9.650, 5th place

Olivia Orlando, 18, Randolph, Class of 2022
University of Southern Utah Gymnastics Commitment
Bars: 9,600, tied for 9th place

FIRST PLACE East National All-Around Level 9 Champion:
Alexa Ciliotta, 14 years old, Montville, class of 2025
Bars: 9.7, 1st place
Beam: 9.475, 3rd place
Jump: 9.650, 3rd place
AA: 37.725, 1st place all-around champion

THIRD PLACE Eastern National All-Around Medalist Level 9:
Alessia Rosa, 12, East Hanover, Class of 2028
Bars: 9.225, 5th place
Beam: 9.225, 9th place
Jump: 9.375, 10th place
AA: 37.4250, 3rd place all-around

Other North Stars Tier 9 East National Medalists finishing in the Top 10:
Stella Fischer, 12, Bridgewater, Class of 2027
Bars: 9.575, 3rd place
Beam: 9.475, 2nd place
AA: 36.8750, tied for 8th place all-around

Giorgia Carroll, 16, Warren, Class of 2024
Beam: 9.075, 9th place
Floor: 9.425, 6th place
Jump: 9.500, 5th place
AA: 36.650, 9th all-around

Jessica Schmitz, 16, Wayne, Class of 2024
Jump: 9.7, 2nd place
Bars: 9.275, 9th place

Sh’Nai Thompson, 14, Dunellen, Class of 2025
Jump: 9.675, 2nd place
Floor: 9.450, tied for 9th place

Background:
The USAG Optional Division begins at level 6 and peaks at level 10. Only those who train and qualify for elite competitions rank higher.

North Stars had 15 gymnasts qualified for Nationals this year, the most of any Garden State gymnastics center and the largest among their Region 7 peer gymnastics clubs representing six states including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. USAG Gymnastics is made up of eight regions across the country. Many girls are home-schooled through the North Stars program, while others attend mainstream schools.

The top seven all-around winners at the Tier 9 Regional Championship competed individually in their age categories and as part of the Region 7 National Team at the Tier 9 Eastern Championships of the Women’s Development Program. USA Gymnastics 2022 at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in May with Regions 5-8 competing, which encompassed 26 states. Regions 1–4 competed in Westerns.

At Level 10, the top seven all-around finishers in each age group from Region 7 competed at the 2022 Level 10 USA Gymnastics Women’s Development Program National Championships in Mesa, Arizona in May against the eight official USAG regions in the United States.

The Tier 9 Region 7 National Team also earned “super team” status at the Easterns.

The North Stars Gymnastics Academy has been a strong national training center in Morris County for over 35 years, with athletes achieving national and international placements and awards. It has medalists at the United States Championships, Goodwill Games, Pan American Games, Pacific Alliance Championships and competitions in France, South Korea, England, Russia, Bulgaria, Jamaica , Colombia, the US Olympic Trials and more. North Stars prides itself on its ability to train athletes with the skills needed to earn college and athletic scholarships.

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