Dewey wins in Emer­ald Clas­sic

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - By Tony Burns Sports Ed­i­tor

El Do­rado gym­nast An­abelle Dewey, who has com­peted re­cently in Ohio, North Carolina, Texas and Flor­ida, among other stops around the coun­try, had her first in-state com­pe­ti­tion this week­end. Dewey had a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in Lit­tle Rock at the Emer­ald Clas­sic.

The 10-year-old was first in her age group and also first of all age groups in Level 8.

“This is a good one for the books and she’ll keep striv­ing for her Elite scores and skills,” said her fa­ther Eric Dewey.

A fifth grader, An­abelle Dewey scored 36.2250 to win her group’s all-around crown. Reece Craven (35.0750), Bess Boykin (34.1250), Bella Wil­son (34.000) and Sarah Grace Moss (33.400) rounded out the top five.

Dewey posted a 9.375 on vault, 9.000 on bars, 8.500 on bal­ance beam and 9.350 on floor ex­er­cise.

“I was re­ally happy. I had a few lit­tle things that I need to work on and cor­rect for next time. But, it was a lot of fun be­cause my con­fi­dence was higher,” Dewey said. “I al­ready made my state scores so there was no pres­sure and I could just en­joy com­pet­ing.”

Dewey had the sec­ond high­est score of the en­tire ses­sion (Lev­els 7-10).

“We feel very proud of her do­ing so well as a first-year op­tional gym­nast,” said her mother, Christy Dewey. “She’s al­ready qual­i­fied for the Texas State meet and has placed first all-around at both Level 8 meets so far.”

Af­ter blaz­ing a va­por trail, com­pet­ing around the coun­try, Dewey said it was fun to take a car ride to a meet in­stead of in an air­plane.

“I re­ally en­joyed com­pet­ing closer to home this time,” she said. “One of my clos­est friends from school even got to come watch me, which was re­ally fun.”

Dewey’s next meet is also Ju­nior Olympic level, the Zenith Win­ter Clas­sic in Dal­las on Feb. 23.

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On top of the com­pe­ti­tion: El Do­rado's An­abelle Dewey claimed first place in her age group at the Emer­ald Clas­sic, which was held in Lit­tle Rock. The 10-year-old won the all-around com­pe­ti­tion.

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