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News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – For the second year in a row, the St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy (SMGA) competitive gymnastics program competed at the Presidential Classic in Orlando, FL. In February, the Presidential Classic hosted 27 teams from across the world, including teams from Jamaica, Argentina, and Colombia.

The team of 9 athletes representing St. Mary’s county held their own against the tough international competition.

Level 7 Junior Olympic (JO) gymnast Karleh Settie placed third on vault with a score of 9.275, level 3 JO gymnast Morgan Lockwood placed 4th on bars with a score of 9.3 and level 3 JO gymnast Laela Bay placed fifth on beam with a score of 9.10.

The competition was top-notch, and St. Mary’s athletes came away with several top ten placements across all apparatuses, as well as top 10 placements in all-around scores.

Congratulations to these athletes for a strong performance and terrific representation of St. Mary’s County.

The St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy is a division of the Department of Recreations and Parks, to learn more www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/gymnastics


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...