Friday, May 30, 2014
Madison Nettles represented Region 8 at the 2014 Level 10 Junior Olympics National Championships May 7-11 in Jackson, Miss.
The two-day event featured nearly 450 of the USA’s best Level 10 gymnasts, who compete on the highest level in the Junior Olympic program that is just under the elite level. Nettles finished with an All-around score of 36.925. Her top event score was a 9.625 in the vault, which placed her among the Top 20 for the event in her division.
Nettles qualified for the national championship with her performance at regionals, always an intense competition. South Carolina, along with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, comprise Region 8. By placing in the top seven all around (with over a 34.000), Nettles advanced to nationals to compete with her Regional age group in team competitions.
Nettles is the current SC Vault Champion. She is a two-time Level 10 regional qualifier and a three-time Level 9 regional qualifier. Last year, she served as Level 10 NIT Championship alternate. Nettles trains at Gymnastics Academy of Charleston under the direction of Valerie Cummings.
Madison, a senior at Ashley Ridge High School, is involved in many extracurricular activities. She has served as HOSA Treasurer and Vice President, National Honor Society Vice President and as a Jefferson Leadership School Delegate and Student Liaison School Representative. She is also a member of the National Science Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Nettles will attend Texas Woman’s University Honors Program in Denton, Texas in the fall on an athletic and academic scholarship.