St. Joseph student fares well at state, regional and national gymnastic meets

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | 8:00 AM

Abbie Pierson, a rising senior at St. Joseph High School and a New Kensington resident, fared well in several gymnastics competitions this spring.

Pierson, who has verbally committed to continue her athletic and academic pursuits at West Virginia University, placed first in the vault, third on the uneven bars, third on the balance beam, tied for first on the floor exercise and was first in the all-round at the Level 10 state championships for USA Gymnastics at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Level 10 features the top junior gymnasts in the country.

She moved on to the Region 7 meet in Landover, Md., and took first on vault, tied for 17th on bars and placed eighth on beam, second on floor and second in the all-around.

Pierson was among the top seven Level 10s in the region to advance to nationals.

At the national meet last month in Cincinnati, her best finish was a third on vault. She added a tie for 17th on bars, a tie for 23rd on beam, a tie for 19th on floor and an eighth in the all-around in the Senior C division.

Pierson, who trains at Gymkhana in Plum, also has qualified as a member of the Region 7 all-star team to compete at a meet in Budapest, Hungary, in November.

She finished her junior year at St. Joseph with a 4.5 grade-point average.

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.


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