The 2020-2021 was the most difficult, yet impactful season the Kippettes have endured so far. In March 2020, we went through our first of many COVID lockdowns. For over four months our gymnasts were home and away from the gym, but that did not stop their strides towards greatness. Multiple times a week, every week, our gymnasts and coaches logged onto zoom to do conditioning to keep their strengths and motivation up. Finally after four long months, we were cleared to return to practice in July, but not at our home gym of the Kendrick Recreation Center. Thankfully we were able to train at the Philadelphia Gymnastics Center (PGC) in Conshohocken, PA for 4 nights a week during the summer.
Due to the untimely lockdowns, and cut practice hours, most of our gymnasts had to transition into Xcel levels for this season. Our Xcel program trains less than our compulsory levels, and due to our cut hours it would not be fair for our girls to not be given proper training hours for their level. This was just another effect from the COVID lockdowns, but even this was not going to stop these gymnasts from having a successful season. We not only had 50% of the team transition into Xcel, we also brought on FIVE new gymnasts onto the team, as well as some returners from previous years! Although we were unable to do our usual summer camp, had no expectations for the possible season ahead, or our home gym, our gymnasts came in ready and willing to do whatever they could to be back purely for the love of this sport and their team. As COVID shutdowns came and went, and protocols must be followed, the competition season for 2020-2021 looked pretty bleak. Thankfully, through technology, our staff, and our amazing gymnasts and parents we were able to pull off our very first virtual USAG gymnastics meet.
2021 Kippettes Winter Blast
Our very first virtual gymnastics meet, and our first meet of the 2021 season was the Kippettes Winter Blast. While there were some kinks throughout the night with the technology, they were easily fixed with our awesome volunteers. This meet was judged by our USAG judges however, these scores did not count towards anything, it served as a practice meet for the gymnasts' new levels. Program Director, Janette Mancini completed a 5 hour test in order to be certified in running virtual meets, then learn on how to run them, and finally teach the rest of the staff. She has done an amazing job all year with coming up with new tech ways to keep this program up and running successfully, we applaud you Janette! While this meets scores did not count, we were able to finally put together our levels and teams for the upcoming season:
Level 2: Tessa
Level 3: Zara, Violet, Penelope, Lily, Mia, Olivia, Ma’isa, Stella, and Naya
Level 5: Onna, Isabella, Jordin, Ainsley, and Lainey (out on injury)
Xcel Silver: Katie, Abby, Genevieve, Bella, Amazia, Hailee, Audrey, Lily, and Sahabiyyah
Xcel Platinum: Frances, Anna, Jolie, Layla, and Kelsea
Xcel Diamond: Savannah, Ameena, Leah, Kenndi, Lauren, and Renee
Every year the Kippettes compete at the Pink Invitational, a meet where gymnasts across the region unite to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. We compete to honor the survivors, those battling and those who lost their fight through the Unite For Her organization. Every 9.0 scored at this meet was $1 donated to the Unite for Her Organization. We had our teammates, coaches, volunteers, live streaming spectators, and guest speakers along with us to have an amazing event. We were able to have Rick Cawley come out and take action shots of the gymnasts that were put in the Review! We also had the honor to speak with former Kippette gymnast, Xandy Stoffere and her mother Maureen over zoom and share their journey with breast cancer and how it has touched their lives. Our theme this year was #FairestofThemAll, the girls got blue and pink fairy wings and wands in representation of the breast and ovarian cancer colors.
Now let's get into scores!
Our tiny Level 2 Tessa stood solo and proud at her very first USAG meet, earning her first 9.0 on beam! Way to go Tessa! In Level 3, Zara swept the podium taking 1st on Vault (9.5), Beam (9.1) & AA (36.4), 2nd Bars (8.8) and Floor (9.0). Lily crushed bars earring 1st placed with a 9.05 and 2nd AA (34.35). Mia showed great consistency across the board placing on bars, beam and floor, as well as a 3rd place win in AA (34.1). Penelope was all smiles taking 1st Floor (9.1) and 4th AA. Olivia snuck a 4th place with on Vault (8.9). Stella came in strong in 3rd place on Vault (9.2) and 4th on beam. Finally, Violet shined winning 2nd place on Vault (9.3) and 3rd on bars. Way to go girls!
We are so proud of our Level 5 gymnasts, Ainsely (1st 33.75) and Onna (2nd 33.675) who scored out of level 5 at our first sanctioned meet of the season! We are extremely proud of Jordin who came out of her comfort zone and gave competing bars a shot. We couldn't be more proud of Isabella who was out for 2 weeks before this meet on injury, yet still came back to compete! Isabella took 1st on Vault (8.7) and Onna 2nd (8.475). Onna and Ainsley placed switch-a-roo for the rest of the events, Onna taking 1st Floor (9.1), 2nd bars and beam. Ainsley took 2nd Floor (8.825) 1st Beam( 8.775) and Bars. Awesome job Level 5!
Kudos to our Xcel Silver team for an amazing performance at the Pink! For 5/9 girls on this team this was their first ever USAG meet and they did our team proud! Audrey competed with passion leading her to sweep the podium taking 1st on Vault and Beam (9.1) & AA (35.6), 4th Bars (8.9), and 5th Floor (8.5). Abby was on fire receiving 1st on bars (9.0), 2nd Floor (9.2), 4th Vault (8.8) and 3rd AA (35.3). Lily killed it on floor taking 1st (9.35), 2nd Vault (9.1) & AA (53.45). Amazia received two 9.0s and 2nd place wins on vault and bars & 4th on beam (8.55). Bella had nice wins, 5th on bars, 3rd on beam & floor, and 4th AA. Katie came in 2nd on bars with a 9.0, 4th on beam and 5th AA. Genevieve slid in 5th on vault and beam. Hailee snuck in a 2nd place win on beam with an 8.85. Finally, Sabi put her best efforts forward for her first meet of the season. Congratulations to Audrey, Abby, and Lily for qualifying for Xcel states at our first USAG sanctioned meet! Way to go Silver!
Fabulous job to our Xcel Platinum ladies on an awesome Pink meet! Layla swept the podium taking 1st on Vault (9.1), Floor (9.4), & AA (35.55), and 3rd on beam (8.8). Anna, tiny but mighty, took 1st Beam (9.1), 3rd Bars ( 8.65), and 2nd Floor (9.25) & AA(35.5). Frances came in strong with wins, 1st Bars (9.05), 2nd Beam (9.0) & Vault (8.8) and 3rd AA (35.45). Jolie had great wins, 2nd Beam (9.0), 3rd Vault (8.6) & Floor (8.9). Kelsea lit up the gym, channeling her inner Beyonce with her new floor routine and personal best on bars of a 8.6. Congratulations to Layla, Anna, and Frances for qualifying for Xcel states at our first USAG sanctioned meet! Keep killing it, Platinum!
Last, but certainly not least, we have our Xcel Diamond team, all seasoned veterans who have gone to the Pink for many years! They set fire to the floor with Leah taking 1st Floor (9.45) with her new Bruno Mars remix routine, Ameena in 2nd (9.3) and Renee smiling her way into 3rd (9.1). Kenndi crushed her beautiful Pirates of the Carribean floor routine, receiving a 9.0. Renee came in swinging on bars receiving 1st (9.55), Ameena 2nd (9.5) and Lauren 3rd (9.4). Leah had an explosive vault receiving 1st (9.1), Lauren followed in 2nd with a 9.0, and Ameena in 3rd (8.8). Ameena shines on beam taking 1st (8.7), Lead 2nd (8.6), and Lauren 3rd (8.3). Standing tall in All- Around Ameena received 1st with a 36.3, Lauren 2nd (35.55), and Renee 3rd (35.5). Fellow Diamond teammate Savanna was nursing an ankle injury and could not compete, but cheered her teammates on the whole night. Congratulations to Ameena, Lauren, Renee, Leah, and Kennedi for qualifying for Xcel states at our first USAG sanctioned meet! Keep on Shining, Diamond Ladies!
Our level 2/3s crushed their first in person meet of the season! Our littlest competitors walked away with all the bling from their medals, tiny but might they are! Level 2 Tessa earned 5th on beam with a 9.0. Level 3s Penelope earned 2nd Beam (8.9), 4th Floor (9.0), and 5 AA (34.4). Violet received 4th Vault (9.25) and 5th Bars. Mia slid in with a 5th place win on Beam (8.5). Zara shined on beam in 2nd (9.0) and 5th Floor (9.05). Ma’isa had an incredible beam performance earning a 9.4, winning her 1st place! Keep crushing it, Level 2/3s!
Our Level 5s fought for their spots on the podium! Onna surprised herself with wins on Vault (4th), Floor (3rd), and AA (4th). Ainsley killed it on beam with a 9.225 which landed her in 2nd place, and a 5th place win on floor. Jordin slid in just under the wire to secure a 5th place win on beam. Keep on fighting, Level 5s!
Our Silver Ladies represented the Kippettes proudly at their first in person meet! Our newcomers, Audrey, Lily, Hailee, and Abby pushed aside their first meet jitters and came in with strong performances across the board! Lily swept the podium in her age division, with 2nd Beam (9.325), 3rd Floor (9.125), 4th Bars (9.05) & 3rd AA (36.4). Abby slid in on Vault in 2nd place with a 9.15. Katie crushed her beam routine with a 1st place win of 9.375, 5th Floor (9.0), and 5th AA (35.9). Amazia swept the podium in her age division, with 1st Beam (9.2), 2nd Floor (9.1), 3rd Vault (8.9), and 4th AA (35.7). Audrey slid in and placed 2nd Beam (9.275). Bella came in just under the wire to secure a 5th place win on bars with an 8.875. Congratulations to Amazia, Katie, Hailee, and Bella for qualifying for Xcel states! You are killing it, Silver!
Platinum gymnasts Anna and Layla, represented the Kippettes during this session and did an awesome job! This duo crushed the floor with their fun and dynamic routines! Anna secured 1st (9.45) with Layla coming in 2nd (9.3). Anna also proudly took 3rd AA! Diamond Gymnasts could not be tamed at this meet, they went home with some serious bling! Kennedi swept the podium taking 1st on Vault (8.725), Bars (8.8), Floor (9.35), and AA. Kennedi and Leah both tied for 3rd place on beam with a (8.575). Leah also came in 3rd Floor (9.2) and AA. Ameena stood tall in 1st Vault (8.7), 2nd Bars (9.075) and 3rd AA. Lauren earned 3rd Vault (8.625), Bars (8.95) & Floor (9.1), as well as 4th AA. These Kippettes graciously, courageously, and fiercely represented our team at our first in person meet of the season!
This was our best event yet, another virtual meet for the Kippettes, but this time with a twist! It was our last virtual meet of the season that was brought together for a fundraiser for the team, the March Madness bracket pool. Inspired by the NCAA bracket, friends and family were able to bet on which team (Level 2/3s, 5, Silver, Platinum, and Diamond) would win each event, and the all around trophy.
Our Level 2/3s are getting into the swing of things in the 4th meet of the season! Our Level 2 Tessa stood proudly at the top of the podium! Our Level 3s proudly placed, Ma’isa swept the podium 1st Vault (9.35), 2nd Bars, 3rd Beam(9.0), 1st Floor (9.35) & AA (36.4). Lilly crushed bars with a 1st place win of 9.0. Mia placed 2nd Vault (9.25), 5th Bars & 4th Beam. Penelope shined on floor with a 2nd place win (9.1) and 4th AA. Zara did another sweep with 3rd Bars, 2nd Beam (9.2), 3rd Floor (9.0), & 2nd AA (35.6). Stella slid in 5th on vault with a 9.1. Violet placed 4th Vault (9.1), 1st Beam (9.25), 4th Floor, & 3rd AA (35.05). Finally scored 3rd Vault (9.2), 4th Bars, 5th Beam, 5th Floor, and 5th AA.
Our Level 5 team came in with a fire lit underneath of them! They improved their team score from the last in-house meet by SIX whole points!! An amazing accomplishment in just four weeks. Onna placed 1st Vault & Floor (9.075) and 2nd Bars and AA. Jordin placed 3rd Bars, Beam, Floor, & AA. Ainsley placed 3 Vault, 1st Bars & Beam, 2 Floor, & 1st AA (34.8). Isabella placed 2nd on Vault and Beam. Huge congratulations to Jordin for scoring out of Level 5!!
Our Silver gymnasts came in fighting! They received the highest team score of the night and won the team All- Around and the March Madness trophy. Newcomer Abby had the highest AA of the night (36.25) and got to take home the trophy for a week. Amazia placed 1st Vault (9.55), 4th Bars, 1st Floor (9.0), & 3rd AA (36.05). Bella placed 5th Bars, 1st Beam (9.2), 3rd Floor, & 4th AA. Audrey placed 4th Vault (9.2) and 4th Floor. Abby placed 3rd Vault (9.25), 2nd Bars (9.0), 2nd Beam (9.1), 2nd Floor, & 1st AA. Hailee slid in with a 3rd place win on bars with a 9.0. Katie placed 2nd Vault (9.3), 1st Bars (9.4), 3rd Beam, 2nd AA(36.1). Finally, Lilly finished with a 4th place win on beam.
Platinum was ready to give it their all, they put up huge scores throughout the night! Anna placed 1st Vault, Floor (9.45), & AA (36.05), and 2nd Bars & Beam. Layla placed 3rd Vault, 2nd Floor (9.4) and 3rd AA. Frances came in swinging with a 1st place win on Bars(9.1) & Beam (9.0), 2nd on Vault & AA (35.95), and 3rd Floor. Jolie slid in for a 3rd place win on Bars and Beam. Diamond came in shining at this meet! Ameena came through swinging with a 1st place win on Bars (9.0) and Floor (9.4), 2nd Beam & AA (35.7). Leah placed 3rd Vault (9.1), Beam, AA (35.7), and 2nd Floor (9.3). Lauren placed 2nd Vault (9.15), and 3rd Bars & Floor (9.25). Finally Kennedi flew up on that podium with a 1st Place Vault (9.3), Beam, & AA (36.05), and a 2nd Place Bars.
Our Levels 3s were ecstatic to win a silver medal (2nd place) at the Keystone games in their last meet of the season! Violet came in hot and placed in every event, 2nd Vault (9.2), 3rd Bars, 1st Beam (9.45), 4 Floor, and 2nd AA. Penelope slid in with a 2nd place win on Floor, Olivia placed 4th on Beam. Zara placed 4th Vault (9.0), 5th Beam, 4th Floor, & 4th AA. Ma’isa placed 5th Vault, 2nd Beam (9.2), 3rd Floor (9.0), & 5 AA. Lilly proudly placed 3rd Bars and 5th Floor. Congratulations on a fantastic season Level 2/3s!
Level 5s had some tough competition this meet but still walked away with some bling. Isabela placed 5th Vault & Beam, and 2nd Floor. Onna placed 4th Beam, 1st Floor (9.0), and 2nd AA. Ainsley placed 4th Bars, 3rd Beam & AA.
Our Silvers brought home more team wins for the Kippettes, with a 3rd place team win! Genevieve placed 5th Vault (9.1) and 2nd Floor (9.2). Lily lived up to her SILVER team name with 2nd place on Vault, Bars, & Floor and 3rd AA. Amazia placed 3rd Vault, 6th Floor & AA. Audrey placed 5th Vault, 3rd Beam, and 2nd AA. Abby placed 4th Bars (9.1), 6th Beam, 3rd Floor, and 5th AA. Hailee placed 5th Bars (9.0) and 5th Beam. Huge congratulations to Genevieve for qualifying for Xcel states!
Our Platinums added another 2nd place team win for the Kippettes! Jolie swept the podium with 3rd Vault, Bars, & Floor (9.175), and 4th Beam and AA (35.15). Kelsea placed 5th on Beam, and Layla placed 4th on Vault. Anna swept her age division with 3rd Vault, 1st Bars, 2nd Beam, Floor (9.25), & AA (35.925). Huge congratulations to Jolie for qualifying for Xcel states!
ANOTHER 2ND PLACE WIN! These Diamond girls just can not stop shining! Savannah had her first meet back, post injury, and qualified for States and Regionals! Savs proudly placed 1st Vault (9.0), 2nd Bars (9.2), and 3rd AA (35.25). Lauren placed 2nd Vault & AA (35.65), 3rd Bars (9.0) & Floor (9.35), and 4th Beam. Ameena slid in with a 4th placed win on Floor with a 9.325. Leah placed 3rd Vault & Beam, and 4th Floor (9.25) & AA. Kennedi placed 2nd Vault, 3rd Bars, Floor (9.275), & AA, and 4th Beam.
In our last regular meet of the season, our Level 5s gave it their all! Onna had her best meet so far placing 2nd on Vault, Bars, Beam, & AA (34.2), and a 1st Place win on Floor with a 9.3. Jordin snuck in with a 3rd place win on Floor with a 8.75.
The Silver team lived up to their name with a second place win! Genvieve placed 2nd Vault, Floor (9.05), and 4th AA. Amazia placed 2nd Vault (9.2) & AA, 3rd Bars (9.3), 1st Beam (9.35) & Floor (9.4). Bella placed 5th Bars (9.3) & Beam (9.1), and 6th Floor. Lily, Katie and Hailee all tied on bars with a HUGE 9.6. Lily also placed 4th Beam (9.25), 1st Beam (9.35), and 3rd AA. Katie also placed 3rd Beam (9.3) and 4th AA. Hailee also placed 5th Beam (9.15) & AA, and 6th Floor (9.1). Audrey placed 2nd Vault and 6th Beam (9.15). Abby slid in with a nice 3rd Vault and 4th Floor (9.15).
Platinum girls Kelsea and Jolie had a fantastic meet with lots of competition! While Kelsea did not place she had beautiful routines across all events! Jole placed 3rd on Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor, & AA (36.0). We only had 3 of our Diamond girls compete at this meet but that did not slow them down! Kennedi sparked flames across the floor with her routine receiving a record high 9.6 and 1st place. Leah placed 3rd place on Vault (9.1), Beam, & Floor. Ameena placed 1st on Bars (9.45), Vault and 2nd on Floor and AA.
Our gymnasts were all spread out in different sessions throughout the day but that didn't dull their shine! With lots of tough competition our girls knew what they had to do. Amazia started us off solo and proud, with no scores lower than 9.0, she proudly placed 8th Floor (9.25) and 11th Vault (9.05). Round 2 was Bella and Audrey, they shined through tough competition but Audrey walked away with a 12th place win on Beam (9.4). Round 3 was Geneiveve and Lily, more amazing performances and tougher competition they both walked away with some bling. Genevieve put up a huge score of 9.4 on beam but did not place, yet placed on 11th Vault (8.9). Lily proudly placed 10th Bars (9.275) and 11th Beam (9.275). Final Round 4 was Katie, Abby, & Hailee all had great scores and Hailee placed 7th Beam (9.55) and Katie placed 11th Beam (9.4).
Another long day of competitions spread out, we started off with a bang with Jolie and Frances. Frances became our first All-Around State Champion of the weekend, placing 3rd Bars (9.45) and 12th AA. Jolie placed 2nd Vault (9.225) and 10th Floor (9.075). Next up was Layla solo and ready to represent the Kippettes, she proudly placed 7th Floor (8.95) with her MJ remix (which was complement by the judges!) and 8th Vault (8.65). Anna was next, and we have ANOTHER All-Around State champion, placing 1st Place on Bars with a HUGE 9.6, 12th Vault (8.6) & Floor (8.9), and 11th AA.
Our Diamond gymnasts started with Leah, Kennedi, and Renne. Although Renee has been out on injury, she was honored in the senior session and received flowers and tumbler for her accomplishments! Leah placed 8th Floor (9.025). Kennedi became our 3rd All- Around State Champion of the weekend! She placed 5th Bars (9.3), 4th Floor (9.150), 10th AA. Our final session of the weekend was Savannah, Ameena, and Lauren. Savannah came in with an exploding vault earning her 1st Place (8.85, with a brand new yurchenko flip), 2nd Bars (9.55), 8th Floor (9.05), & 9th AA becoming our 4th AA State Champion of the weekend! Ameena came in with a 6th place win on Beam (9.15) and 8th on Bars (9.325). Lauren crushed her new bar routine with an awesome 6th place finish (9.25). WHAT A WEEKEND!
Level 7 wrap up! We are very proud of our level 7 team for going the distance and doing their best against the best in the Sate. Ameena put up some nice scores to include 9.0 on FX and 9>1 on vault. Leah put up a season record high score on FX 9.35 coming up only .05 hundreths of a point short on placing. Savanah put up a good fight competing through the pain of a pulled hamstring but that didn't stop her from getting 9.075 on bars. Finally a huge shout out to Renee our level 7 State Champion who placed 3rd on bars 9.225 & 9th AA.
We could be more proud of level 6 gymnast, Lauren. She was all heart as she competed at level 6 States receiving her highest all-around score of the season (35.05) and putting up a 9.1 on beam & 9.0 floor. Congrats on a fantastic season, Lulu!
We brought home 4 level 4 State Champions. Frances is the 1st place bar Champion to include a 9th place All-Aorund win. Anna is a 4th place All-Around State Champion with a 3rd place win on beam & 4th on floor. Jade also took 4th place All-Around State Champion in her age group with a 6th place win on vault & 8th on bars. Riley proudly stood in 5th for floor champion. Words can't express how proud I am of this team; gymnasts & coaches. Congratulations everyone! Hard work and determination will always prevail.
Congratulations to our level 3 team for putting up some record high scores at States. Extra shout out to our State Champion on beam, Lainey who came in a tie for 4th place with a score of 9.5.
We did it!!!! We took 4 Xcel Gold gymnasts to Regionals and came home with 4 Regional Champions! These girls were hungry and competed like savages. Joey boosted a record high score on bars with a 9.7 taking 3rd place champion. Jolie is Region 7's 3 rd place All-Around Champion taking 1st place beam (9.625), 1st place vault (9.5) & 5th floor (9.35). Lorelei proudly is Region 7's 8th place All-Around Champion taking 1st place beam (9.525) and 6th bars (9.55). Mia is Region 7's 8th place All-Around Champion taking 7th on bars (9.55). We couldn't be more proud to have stood next to these 4 incredible athletes as they performed like the champions they are inside/out. Please join me in congratulating Kendrick Kippettes first Xcel Gold Regional Champions.
“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.” ~ unknown
After suffering a foot injury while warming up her tsuk vault at states. Level 8 gymnast, Nicole displayed enormous amounts of strength, courage, passion n the will to not go down without a fight. She pushed through tears of pain streaming down her face while competing & fully executing 2 vaults & a bar routine. Although, the injury eventually caused her to have to scratch beam & head to the ER. Today, Nicole defined herself with the heart of a true champion. We couldn’t be more proud of her journey this season.
This girl did us proud last night at Level 7 states. Renee boosted a personal record high vault score of 9.125 & all-around score of 35.15. What a way to finish out the season!
Leah was all heart as she competed at level 6 states today. Although, she did not bring home a medal she gave it her all. We are so proud of her representation & performances at states. As well as the incredible season she had that got her here.
It was a great day at level 4 states. Lauren & Lorelei boosted their highest beam scores to date, Lorelei 9.575 which landed her in 2nd & Lauren 9.4 putting her in 4th. Lauren also placed across all events to include a 2nd place All-Around win. That's right we have a 2nd place State Champion on our hands. Congratulations to these two well-deserved state champions
Kudos to the level 3 team, gymnasts & coaches on a fabulous season. They finished strong at states with all gymnasts coming home as state champions. A huge Congratulations to Francis Mitchler (3rd), Anna Arnoldi (4th) & Mia Patete (1st) who finished their season at level 3 states as All-Around champions. What an accomplishment
Congratulations to gymnasts Savanah, Kennedi, Margaret & Ameena who started out the season as level 4s while being fast tracked for level 5. Today, at their first ever level 5 meet they all scored out & won 3rd place team. A huge accomplishment with only a few short weeks to prepare. We couldn’t be more proud.
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