Edgemont’s Girls Varsity Gymnastics team is a relatively new, yet dedicated team. Although it is small, consisting of twelve athletes and four coaches, the team has been making excellent progress. The varsity team had a successful season, with a few gymnasts placing at meets, and gymnast Beatrice Lytton making LoHud’s list of top gymnasts to watch. One notable achievement from the winter season is sophomore gymnast, Sofia Gisbert, qualifying for the floor exercise at the NYSPHSAA Gymnastics Championship Meet. I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her gymnastics career.
When did you start Gymnastics, and what motivated you to continue?
She started her gymnastics career at the age of two, but she didn’t start competing until the age of five. She said that as a child, she could never sit still, as she was always climbing on furniture and hanging on everything. Gymnastics served as Sofia’s outlet for her energy.
When did you join the Edgemont Varsity Gymnastics team?
Sofia says that she started competing for Edgemont in seventh grade, competing in meets and going to practices. Unfortunately, she was out for a few seasons due to a back injury from club gymnastics. Fortunately, she recovered and continued competing in tenth grade.
What is your favorite part about your floor routine?
Sofia stated that her favorite part of her floor routine included her first tumbling pass and her overall choreography. She said that her routine was choreographed by her coach, Eugenia, who was an Olympic medalist.
What are your plans for the future?
Sofia said that she wants to continue to push herself and see how far she can go. She hopes to reach level ten in club gymnastics.
Sofia has done very well this season, as reflected in her divisional and sectional scores. During the divisional meet, Sofia placed in four out of five events, ranking tenth on floor with a score of 9.2, sixth on the balance beam with a score of 8.9, ninth on bars with a score of 8.25, and 6th in the all around, with a total score of 34.65 points. Divisionals was Sofia’s best meet of the season, as she beat her season average by a significant margin in each category.
After doing so well in divisionals, Sofia qualified for sectionals, where she placed into states with her floor exercise routine.
Given her promising performance during the 2023 winter season, Sofia should perform well well at the States.