Sydney Gifford is third in New York

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Sydney Gifford

Penn Yan sixth grader Sydney Gifford completed her competitive gymnastics season with an impressive third place finish at the New York State gymnastics championships May 1 in Buffalo.

Gifford, 12, a member of the Level 7 team at Rochester Gymnastics Academy in East Rochester, competed against 64 of the state’s top qualifying 12-year-old athletes to take third all-around in the state with a personal best score of 37.125.  

In addition to all-around honors, Gifford placed second in the state on balance beam (9.575), fourth in the floor exercise (9.525), and eighth on uneven bars (9.25).

Gifford’s team from Rochester Gymnastics Academy also won the Level 7 team state championship, finishing first among 55 participating teams throughout the state.