Two Stroup’s Gymnasts Claim State Championships

FISHKILL – Stroup’s Gymnastics has added two more state champions to its list.

Jesse Valone and Nicole Schack are the newest after competing at the New York State Xcel Championship at Dutchess County Gymnastics Center in Fishkill earlier this month.

Schack competed in the Silver Xcel level and Valone in the Diamond Xcel level.

Valone placed second on bars and was in the top seven all-around which earned her a position on the state team. Her scores at the state meet were: vault, 8.50; bars, 8.75 (second place); beam, 8.00; floor, 8.90;and all-around, 34.15.

Valone and six other girls from the Diamond Xcel level will represent the state clubs at the 2014 Xcel Regional Championship. The best USAG Xcel gymnasts from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and New York will compete at the Region 6 Championship. The regional championship will be held in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Saturday and Sunday.

Valone earned a state medal for qualifying to the state meet and a second-place medal for her bar routine.

Schack scores were: vault, 8.15; bars, 8.10; beam, 8.45; floor, 9.20 (sixth place); and all-around, 33.90. She earned a state medal for qualifying to the state meet and a sixth-place medal for her floor routine.