Texas Acro Kicks Off Season with International Flair

The first Texas Acro meet of the season served also as the debut of international acro competition in the state. The WOGA Classic Gymnastics Invitational, hosted by WOGA Frisco, included Acro competition for levels 5 through senior elite. The WOGA Classic has long featured an artistic international elite session, but the introduction of acro elite competition was a first for the event.

Gymnasts from across the state, the country and even from across the pond participated in the meet. In addition to five Texas Acro teams (AGSA, AHGA, BGC, KAF and WOGA), the meet featured teams from California (ATA, REALIS), Louisiana (LBSC), Nevada (ALV) and Great Britain (SPEL).

Acrobats from Great Britain’s Spelthorne Gymnastics Club treated the artistic international elite session’s audience to an exhibition of “Jungle” choreographed by Ellie Cooper.

Standout performances in the international & elite competition included a breathtaking performance by reigning Great Britain 11-16 women’s group champions Smith, Munday and Reynolds (SPEL) who won the gold with a 28.25 on their dynamic routine in the finals. The 11-16 women’s pair category was a nail biter, with Texas’ own Price & Edwards (AGSA) edging out two beautiful pairs from Great Britain to top the podium with a 27.85 on their balance routine. Two other crowd pleasers were the crisp and dynamic 11-16 men’s pair of Windows & Gray (SPEL) scoring 28.55 on their balance routine and the dramatic 11-16 mixed pair of Cowler & Jaggers (SPEL) with a 27.85 on their dynamic routine.

Senior elites were represented by mixed pair Williams & Osborne (REALIS) who captured gold with a 77.40 all around, and by Texas Acro’s women’s pair Merwarth & Renteria (AGSA) who delivered a solid 81.21 on their three routines. Junior elite 13-19 women’s pair champions were Servellon & Vachon (ATA) and the junior elite 12-18 champions included women’s pair Williamson & Chimwala (WOGA), mixed pair Webb & Osborne (WOGA), and women’s group Delgado, Foster & Kickirillo (AGSA).

Full results from the competition are posted in our Meet Results section. Photos provided courtesy of Lisa Estep for Texas Acro. Copyright 2105 Lisa Estep. Please include photography credit if reposted.

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