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The Madison Area YMCA’s Rosettes at Nationals: So Much More Than A Competition

Jul 08, 2015

Finalists at Nationals

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The Madison Area YMCA’s Rosettes at Nationals: So Much More Than A Competition

Caption: Pictured are Madison Area YMCA Rosettes who qualified for finals at the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships in Wichita, Kansas. Front row: Nikki Cilenti,13, of Madison; Kaitlin Maroney, 17, of Chatham; Kristin Fowler, 17, of Madison. Back row: Maddie Gapusan,16, of Chatham; Maria Ramos, 17, of Florham Park and Julia Chinni,15, of Madison.

(Madison, NJ) July 8, 2015 – The Madison Area YMCA congratulates the Rosettes gymnastics team for its achievements both in performance merit and sportsmanship at the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships held in Wichita, Kansas. The team’s demonstration of skill, poise, spirit, teamwork and sportsmanship continues to be what sets the Madison Area YMCA gymnastics program apart from other programs in the area.

Sixty-two gymnasts between the ages of 7 and 18, the largest team that the Madison Area YMCA has ever sent to the national competition, competed from June 23-26. Seven gymnasts, three from Level 8 and four from Level 9, qualified for finals—an accomplishment that is difficult to achieve. Finalists included: Julia Chinni,15, of Madison; Nikki Cilenti,13, of Madison; Kristin Fowler, 17, of Madison; Maddie Gapusan,16, of Chatham; Kaitlin Maroney, 17, of Chatham and Maria Ramos, 17, of Florham Park.

“Our team made us proud,” said Ellen Gavin, Madison Area YMCA Gymnastics Director and Head Coach. “The respect and support that the girls show toward one another is what being on the team and being part of the Madison Area YMCA gymnastics program is about. The girls have a great time competing and also understand that working as a team and encouraging one another is paramount.”

The Rosettes gymnastics team practices team unity and determination and highly regards the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Building character, confidence and self-esteem are part of the rich gymnastics experience at the Madison Area YMCA.

Christina Greene, a parent of one of the younger Rosettes, said, “I was truly unprepared for how much I would be impressed with the quality of the character of the team…I was as impressed with what was happening off the gym floor as what was happening on the gym floor. I could not hope for better role models for my daughter than the young women on the Rosettes.”

Most recently, the Rosettes took first place in the NJ YMCA Gymnastics League State Championships held in May.

Interested in Gymnastics at the Y? Four-day summer clinics for 3 to 6 year olds and 7 to14 year-olds run each week Monday through Thursday. Two-day summer clinics for 3 to 6 year olds and 7 to 14 year olds run each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Spots are available for both age groups from now through the week of August 24. Sessions are 10:30-12:30 p.m.

For more information about the Rosettes and the Y’s Gymnastics class offerings, visit Non-competitive classes include Parent/Child, toddler, preschool, elementary school and beyond.