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Warren Powerhouse Gymnasts Earn Nearly Two Dozen Medals at Nationals

July 18, 2023

WARREN, Pa. – The Warren Powerhouse Gymnastics team competed at the national championships in Cincinnati June 23 – 25 and came home with nearly two dozen medals.

The team earned 23 total medals, 13 of which were in the Top 3, with one first-place finish. Ruth Sienkiewicz took first on the beam for Level 2 gymnasts.

Sienkiewicz and Madelyn Smart each finished in the Top 5 in all five events. Sienkiewicz was second in all around, third in bars and floor, and fifth in vault. Smart was second on the bars, third in floor, vault, and all around, and fourth in beam.

“It was my first year in gymnastics and I didn’t know what to expect,” Smart said. “We all put a lot of hard work in over the year and brought a lot of medals home to Warren. It was fun and challenging.”

Ryan Betts and Alaina Gaithers also finished in the Top 5 for vault in Level 2. Juliette Banuelos took sixth in the beam.

Ava McNett finished fourth on the floor for Level 3, while Elliette Fralick was sixth.

“Nationals was really fun and I really achieved something,” Audrey Wurst, who finished in the Top 10 in all five events said. “We traveled pretty far.”

At Level 4, Meredith Smyth took a big leap forward over last year’s results with second-place finishes in the beam and all around and a third in vault.

“I was going in there with hopes to beat last year’s 23rd place, knowing that if I keep my head up and just have fun that it’s going to be worthwhile, and it was,” Smyth said. “I had fun with my friends and it’s amazing to see all of our hard work over the year pay off.”

Despite a setback due to injury, Alliesun Woodin still finished in the Top 10 on the floor, and the injury has already given her motivation to come back even stronger next year.

“I’ve never been hurt badly but falling on the uneven bars did make me know that the places I was going to earn were going to be harder being injured,” Woodin said. “I didn’t give up, I’m proud of where I placed given my setback, it only gives me that motivation to work harder in the gym this season.”

In the Xcel Silver Division, Maddison Kent was third on floor and tied for fifth on the beam with teammate Caroline Curren, who was also sixth in vault.

More than 1,600 athletes from 77 teams competed at the event in Cincinnati.

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