The Fairland Boys Optional teams had a very successful season. All of the optional teams proved that Fairland is here to stay with all of the gymnasts placing high in many of the events. All of the Fairland boys had numerous personal bests and strong finishes during the competitive season. The road to Nationals was tough and exciting one.
Throughout the year, the level 8 team remained healthy, having three gymnasts to compete at most meets. When the level 8s competed they were always in the top 5 of Level 8 teams, – 3rd at States and 2nd at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational, many times competing against much larger teams.
All of the level 8 boys qualified for Regionals with Brandon Singleton finishing 27th, missing a spot to compete at Nationals by just one. The level 9s and 10s had a great showing. CJ Rice, a level 9 gymnast fought back from a concussion and qualified for Regionals but missed qualifying for Nationals. Brian Trinh, also a level 9 who had a solid season, qualified for Regionals but also missed the cut off for Nationals. Tucker Clay, a graduating senior, was plagued all season with a wrist injury. He worked hard to get back in time for the Mid-Atlantic Invitational to qualify for States. However, an unexpected fall on the still rings dashed his hope of making it to Regionals. Justin Skerrett also a level 10 was a supportive teammate who did not compete this year. We are expecting great things from Justin next year. taking 3rd place at Regionals out of 47 gyms - also a first for the Fairland team
Despite the fact that the level 9s and 10s were plagued with injuries, two of them made it to Nationals – Uche Eke and Christian Jarrell. Nationals were high-lighted by Uche successfully completing his signature move – the Kovac. All eyes were on Uche and he not once but twice successfully completed the Kovac move. College scouts at the gym were very impressed as well as all of the spectators. Uche and Christian were joined by two of the level 8s, Donovan Hewitt and Joshua Henry-Price bringing the total number of Fairland gymnasts competing at Nationals to four - an all time for the Fairland Boys team. Donovan finished 3rd in the age 12 group with an all-around personal best putting him in 1st place at the Jos preliminary meet at Nationals. Joshua finished 8th in the 11 age group. Uche Eke finished 15th in the 17 age group and Christian finished 26th.
Fairland’s hard work this season paid off for two graduating seniors. Uche Eke received a scholarship to the University of Michigan and a position on the Wolverines gymnastics team. Tucker Clay will attend the University of VA and will join the UVA club team. We look forward to great things from both of them in and out of the gym. We are so proud of our graduating seniors!