Biondi Gymnastics competitors add to medal collection during successful season

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Sunday, May 28, 2023 | 11:01 AM


When Alison Biondi began Alison Biondi Gymnastics, LLC in Penn Township, she had five gymnasts.

Boy, has the program grown under her watch. She has now more than 300 boys and girls competing.

This year, 26 athletes from the club competed in the Pennsylvania state championship and many finished in the Top 3.

Two 14-year-old boys – Aidan Beihl of Norwin and Andrew Gill of Greensburg Central Catholic – competed in the Eastern National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and returned with medals.

Gill earned a silver medal in floor exercise in Level 7, and Beihl placed fifth in the all-around in Level 7.

“Both are exemplary gentleman,” Biondi said. “They are champions and leaders by example. They are so coachable. I’m proud of them.”

Biondi’s daughters – Isabella and Capriana – competed in the regional championship in Virginia Beach, Va., at Level 10 Elite. Isabella competed on the bars and Capriana the floor.

Isabella, 19, is graduating from Penn-Trafford and will attend Westmoreland County Community College. She will also work for her mother.

Capriana, 17, is a junior at Penn-Trafford and she hopes to receive an appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy.

“Both of them have been competing since ages 3 and 4,” Biondi said. “Both are at Level 10 and are training in an elite class.

“The girls are very good leaders and good students. Isabella is very caring and Capriana is fearless. She’s returning after an ACL injury.”

Biondi also is proud of the entire team that competed in the state championship and brought home numerous medals this year.

The winners at the state meet included Natalie Montecupo in Xcel Gold (first in bars, first in floor, first in Vault, first in all-around and third in beam ); Carmella Testa in Xcel Gold (first in floor, second in bars and second in all-around); Violet Salyers in Xcel Silver (first in bars); Haven Johnson in Xcel Diamond (second in bars); Olive Quinn in Xcel Silver (third in bars); and Isabella Biondi in Level 10 (third in bars).

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after spending 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he served as sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at pschofield@triblive.com.

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