PRMS Gymnast Earns Gold Medal at State Competition & Competes Nationally
13-year-old Pine-Richland Middle School student is setting the bar high. Megan Monfredi, who just completed seventh grade, is a Women's Junior Olympic Level 9 Gymnast at X-Cel Gymnastics and earned a Gold Medal in the Floor Exercise Category at a state championship competition and a Bronze Medal in the All-Around Category. In addition, she qualified for Region 7's Junior Four National Team.
Monfredi began her gymnastics career at the age of six completing two years of pre-team. She began competing as a level five when she was eight years old.
She has competed levels 5-9. She was unable to compete during the 2010-2011 competitive season due to several injuries throughout the year, high ankle sprain, broken finger, foot bone bruise and not all related to gymnastics. Megan returned to competition for the 2011-2012 competitive season.
On March 24, 2012 Monfredi participated in the PA Junior Olympic Women's State Championships in Allentown, PA. Sher earned a Gold Medal in the Floor Exercise Category and the Bronze Medal in the All-Around Event or her age category.
She qualified to participate in a regional competition by obtaining an All-Around score of at least 34.0(35.85). PA is in Region Seven along with Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
At the Regional competition on April 14, 2012 in Chesapeake, Virginia, she earned the Bronze Medal on Floor Exercises. At the Regional meet, the top six All Around athletes in each age category qualify to Level 9 Eastern Nationals. By placing fifth with a 36.05 in the All-Around, Monfredi earned a spot on Region 7â€™s Junior 4 National Team.
On May 4, 2012 Monfredi, along with the top six All-Around athletes in each age category from the 26 states east of the Mississippi, participated in the Level 9 Eastern National Championships in Landover, MD. Despite having a fever of 102.4 for three days the week of competition Monfrediâ€™s floor score contributed to Region 7â€™s Junior 4 National Team Championship.
Monfredi's mother Karen says her daughter enjoyed the experience of competing at the national level.
"She made new friends from different states and is looking forward to next year," Karen Monfredi said. "Megan hopes to continue her gymnastics through the collegiate level with the hope of a possible gymnastics scholarship. Before that though, Megan is looking forward to high school where she will have an opportunity to compete for Pine-Richland."
Monfredi added one additional medal to her collection this year when she earned a Merit Scholar medal at Pine-Richland Middle School.
"Megan has been blessed with exceptional teachers, who have supported her demanding gymnastics schedule," Karen Monfredi said. "In addition to 22 hours of training per week, Megan has had to miss class time to travel to the various meets. Getting work ahead of time and utilizing travel time to complete her work has allowed her to excel in her academics first."