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Madelynn Crow sweeps state, sets records

Pike County High School gymnast Madelynn Crow’s goal for high school was to earn a state champion title in gymnastics and she did that as a junior. This year she earned an incredible five first place finishes at the state competition, including first in vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around.

“Madelynn set a school and GHSA record with her performance at state. It is the most dominant individual athletic performance in the history of our school. No other Pike County athlete has accomplished this level of success in GHSA competition,” said PCHS athletic director James Stanford. “She earned five individual state championships by winning every event as a senior. That performance and the three championships she earned as a junior give her a total of eight individual state championships. We are excited that Madelynn Crow will be continuing her gymnastics career at The University of Georgia next year!”

Madelynn won all five championships at the state meet, setting a school and state record. She earned three perfect scores of 10.0 in vault, beam and floor.

This season, the PCHS gymnastics team advanced to the state prelims for the first time since the program was founded by coach Shannon Turner in 2009. They were only .525 points short of advancing to the state competition.

“The team did not advance, but every gymnast fought hard! We held onto sixth place and only missed fourth place by .525,” said coach Turner. “The number of gymnasts in the program varies from year to year, as well as the skill level. Gymnastics is a very specialized sport that requires unique skills and abilities that not just anyone can ‘pick up’ in a season or two. Years of intense training and discipline are needed. This is why most high school gymnasts have had training at the competition level at private gyms/clubs long before I see them at the JV or Varsity level. I’m thankful for Mac McMillian, AD at Pike years ago, for letting me start this program some 13 years ago. And I’m thankful for Mandi Hadley, my first community coach and owner of Extreme Gymnastics in Thomaston, for convincing me to step out of my comfort zone and do this, and for James Stanford for allowing me to keep Gymnastic at Pike even when I only had three or four girls on the team. I’m also appreciative that Jodi Matthews opened up Paramount’s doors to us so that we have a local gym to practice at. The program is definitely in a growing stage, as I have three strong veterans returning (Claire Osbolt, Ava Parker, and Aiyana Bussey) and possibly five JV girls who will be moving up to Varsity next season. I will also have some rising eighth graders who have competitive experience and who are interested in being on Pike’s JV team.”     

In addition to GHSA gymnastics, Madelynn competes on the Georgia Elite Gymnastics team and their gym is in Watkinsville. For the Level 10 state competition, she won first place all-around.

On April 23, Madelynn competed at the regional meet in Concord, NC and placed first in the region for beam and third for all-around for Region 8. She’s the third pick for the Junior Olympic National Team. On May 13, she will travel to Phoenix, Arizona where she’ll represent Region 8 with seven of her other teammates picked for the national team. They will compete against the other seven regions in the 50 states.

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