The Portage YMCA Sparklers just completed their fall season placing second
in their state meet in Peru. Their spring season begins in March, but
they’ll continue training all winter long. In March the Portage YMCA will be
hosting a meet at Portage High School.
The Portage YMCA Sparklers, comprised of YMCA girls from several areas
including the Duneland Family YMCA, compete against other gyms in Northwest
Indiana, some of which are YMCA’s and others are private clubs.
Duneland Family YMCA team members on the team are Abby Gillespie (1st All
Around, Level 3), Nicole Groceman, Marissa Powell and Aliza Tannish (2nd All
Around, Level 3).
There are three different levels of gymnasts. Level 3 is the beginning
competition level. Level 4 is the intermediate level where routines become
more complicated and skills start to become more advanced. The last level,
Prep Optional is where gymnasts make up their own routines following set
guidelines. Skills and dance become more advanced at each level.