Twisters Season Opener News Post

Published: 11/14/2023 - 8:00 AM

The Willow Grove YMCA Twisters girls gymnastics team kicked off their 2023 season in impressive fashion at the Eastern Pennsylvania YMCA Girls Gymnastics League (EPYGGL) competition held right at their home turf on November 4th and 5th. The gymnasts displayed remarkable skills, determination, and teamwork throughout the competition, securing a total of 70 individual event titles, showcasing their exceptional talent.

In addition to the Twisters outstanding individual performances, the team had memorable moments as two of their senior gymnasts, Ella Tor and Serene Abdikarimova, competed in their last home meet. Ella was crowned vault champion and placed 2nd on bars, beam, floor, and the All-around in the Xcel Diamond level, while Serene secured 3rd place on bars and beam in the Xcel Platinum level. Their dedication and leadership will be celebrated throughout the season.

Up next for the Willow Grove YMCA Twisters, the girls' team will continue their journey at the West Chester University Fall Fling on Saturday, November 18th. Meanwhile, the Twisters boys' team is gearing up for their season opener on Sunday, November 19th, at the York Expo Center at the Tim Weaver Battlefield Invitational.

Congratulations to all the gymnasts for their exceptional performances, and best of luck to the Twisters in their upcoming competitions!

Click here to view the routines of the weekend.

Top 3 Finishers

Level 2

  • Ava Bae: 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 2nd Vault, 2nd Beam, 3rd Floor
  • Londyn Parker: 1st Floor, 3rd Vault, 3rd All-Around
  • Sophia Schniepp: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 1st Beam, 2nd Floor, 3rd Bars
  • Paige Torresani: 1st Bars, 1st Floor, 3rd Vault, 3rd All-Around

Level 3

  • Harper Kelly: 3rd Bars
  • Clara Coleman: 3rd Floor
  • Julianna Schwartzman: 1sr Floor, 1st Bars, 2nd All-Around, 2nd Beam
  • Caila Peskin: 3rd Vault

Level 4

  • Sophia Kazimir: 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 1st Beam, 2nd Vault, 2nd Floor
  • Gabriella Ivaniv: 3rd Floor
  • Kaitlin Bullick: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 1st Vault, 1st Bars
  • Stella Dougherty: 2nd Floor, 3rd Place Bars, 3rd All-Around
  • Francesa Sarullo: 2nd Bars

Level 5

  • Aubrey Smith: 1st All-Around, 1st Place Vault, 1st Floor, 2nd Bars, 2nd Beam
  • Cersei Pfeffer: 1st Bars, 2nd Vault, 2nd All-Around
  • Angelina Raysor: 2nd Floor, 3rd All-Around, 3rd Beam
  • Karleigh Sowden: 1st Beam, 3rd Vault Abigail Hromisin: 3rd Bars
  • Adrianna Carleo: 3rd Floor

Level 6

  • Reagan Gates: 1st All-Around, 1st Bars, 2nd Floor, 2nd Beam
  • Peyton Achilles: 1st Floor, 2nd Beam, 2nd All-Around
  • Lena Coleman: 1st Vault, 3rd Floor

Level 7

  • Roxanne Spector: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 1st Bars, 2nd Beam, 3rd Vault
  • Averi Brady: 1st Beam, 2nd Bars, 2nd All-Around, 3rd Floor
  • Marianny Bisono: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 1st Bars
  • Mia Walinski: 1st Beam, 2nd Bars, 2nd All-Around
  • Lucy Muller: 2nd Floor, 2nd Beam, 3rd All-Around, 3rd Bars
  • Olivia Lee: 3rd Vault Delaney Mook: 1st Vault
  • Leah Skrocki: 1st Beam, 2nd All-Around
  • Julia Johnson: 2nd Floor, 3rd Beam
  • Emily Sanoy: 1st Bars

Level 8

  • Payten Sullivan: 1st Vault, 1st Beam, 2nd Bars
  • Hannah Winters: 1st All-Around, 1st Vault, 1st bars
  • Chava Tractman: 2nd All-Around, 2nd Floor, 2nd Bars, 3rd Bars
  • Kiera Bruton: 1st Beam, 2nd Vault, 3rd All-Around
  • Remi Sasson: 3rd Bars

Xcel Diamond

  • Katelyn Lyons: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 2nd Vault, 2nd Bars, 2nd Beam
  • Amira Wardlaw: 1st Vault, 1st Bars, 2nd All-Around, 3rd Beam, 3rd Floor
  • Allison Lessig: 2nd Vault, 3rd Bars, 3rd All-Around
  • Ella Tor: 1st Vault, 2nd Bars, 2nd Beam, 2nd Floor, 2nd All-Around

Xcel Gold

  • Samantha Waterfall: 1st Floor, 2nd All-Around
  • Aniyah Pringle: 2nd Beam
  • Charlye Watkins: 3rd Vault
  • Adriyah Clark: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 1st Beam, 1st Vault, 2nd Bars
  • Kelsey Morton: 2nd All-Around, 2nd Floor, 2nd Beam
  • Mara Patrick: 2nd Vault, 3rd Bars, 3rd All-Around
  • Sarene Julin: 3rd Floor
  • Addison Matlack: 1st All-Around, 1st Beam, 1st Floor, 1st Bars
  • Torianne Bell: 2nd All-Around, 2nd Bars
  • Peyton McQuade: 3rd All-Around, 3rd Beam, 3rd Bars
  • Leila Wang: 2nd Beam
  • Caitlyn Pham: 3rd Vault
  • Christina Clark: 3rd Bars
  • Gabrielle Sims: 1st Vault

Xcel Platinum

  • Julia Fiorentino: 3rd All-Around, 2nd Bars
  • Simisola Mabogunje: 1st Vault
  • Avery Godburn: 1st Bars
  • Eva Buchakjian: 1st All-Around, 1st Beam, 1st Bars, 2nd Floor
  • Payton Hinkle: 2nd All-Around, 3rd Bars
  • Averie Cannon: 1st Vault, 3rd All-Around
  • Gianna Loss: 3rd Bars
  • Serene Abdikarimova: 3rd Bars, 3rd Beam
  • Rebecca Cohen: 3rd Floor

Xcel Silver

  • Annabelle Fisher: 1st All-Around, 1st Floor, 2nd Beam, 2nd Bars
  • Elizabeth Zanfir: 1st Beam, 3rd All-Around
  • Talitha Lovelady: 3rd Bars
  • Zahra Bokhari: 1st All-Around, 2nd Bars, 2nd Beam
  • Emily Usonis: 1st Vault, 1st Bars, 2nd All-Around
  • Isabella Webb: 2nd Bars
Routines of the Weekend

Addison Matlack

Amira Wardlaw

Aubrey Smith

Ava Bae

Cersei Pfeffer

Chava Tractman

Ella Tor

Eva Buchakjian

Harper Kelly

Juliana Schwartzman

Kaitlin Bullick

Kelsey Morton

Kiera Bruton

Marianny Bisono

Paige Torresani

Payton Hinkle

Peyton Achilles

Reagan Gates

Roxanne Spector

Sophia Kazimir

Talitha Lovelady

Zahra Bokhari



About the Author

Mubarak Simmons

Gymnastics Director, Willow Grove YMCA

Mubarak has over two decades of expertise in gymnastics and acrobatics. He coaches young athletes to achieve their dreams while having fun in the sport. His career includes tenure as a stuntman at Walt Disney World Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Show, and a key role in winning the 2005 NCAA Gymnastics Team Championship for the University of Oklahoma. Mubarak is a graduate in Political Science, and he enjoys motorsports and quality time with his family.