Meet the Team
These Level 7 gymnasts will represented Maryland at the 2016 National Judges Cup in Kentucky. They finished 5th as a team! Click here to see how the team did!
Club: Hill’s Gymnastics
Coaches: Amy Martelli, Igor Kniazev, Kat Clippert
Floor Music: Divergent
Favorite skill: one and half back twist and double back
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: getting my double back on mats and
qualifying for Judges Cup
How did you get involved with gymnastics? "I started when I was little and took a mommy
and me class."
Favorite class in school: Science
Favorite TV show: Food Network and HGTV
Favorite movie: the Divergent series
Other hobbies: I like to do crafts, science experiments and hang out with my friends.
Favorite music: Hotline Bling, Hello, and Why I got you on my mine
Charity involvement: Buddy Club at school
Etc.: I also like to play other sports, like swimming and soccer.
Club: 1st Class Gymnastics
Coaches: Mary Thompson, Kim Hermansen
Floor music: Mary Poppins
Favorite gymnastics skill to perform: Front tumbling
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: Earning a 9.925 on my floor routine
How did you get involved with gymnastics? "I liked to dance and climb things when I was little- and I never fell. My mom thought I would love gymnastics. I took a rec class and then joined team!"
Favorite class in school: Spelling
Favorite movie: The Avengers and Pan
Other hobbies: Dancing, drawing, swimming, crafts, and baking
Favorite music: Country
Charity involvement: I volunteer at the Christmas shop at my local school, we donate to Samaritan’s Purse and make food for the food pantry at my church
Etc.: I have two awesome brothers, am an honor roll student, and participate on a summer swim team!
Club: Harford Gymnastics
Coaches: Teresa Walstrum, Joe Vrzalik, Ron Lievendag, Ashley Sauer, Don Miller, and Jeff Wilson
Floor music: Superheroes
Favorite skill to perform: Giant
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: 1 ½ twist on floor
How did you get involved with gymnastics? "My friends did gymnastics and talked me into it."
Favorite class in school: History
Other hobbies: Piano and Reading
Favorite music: Pop and Classic Rock
Coaches: Amy Martelli
Floor music: Sports America
Favorite skill to perform: Free hip handstand
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: TOPS National testing
How did you get involved with gymnastics? "I was jumping on couches so my mom put me in a
class when I was 2."
Favorite class in school: Writing
Favorite TV show: American Ninja Warrior
Favorite movie: Insurgent
Other hobbies: Play on trampoline
Favorite music: Superhero’s by The Script
Charity involvement: Operation Christmas Child for Samaritan’s Purse
Anything else you’d like the public to know? "I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers"
Club: Hill's Gymnastics, Gaithersburg, Md.
Coaches: Amy Martelli
Floor Music: Chocolat
Favorite gymnastics skill to perform: Standing back tuck on the balance beam
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: Qualifiying for 2016 National Judges Cup
How did you get involved with gymnastics: Followed my older sister, Chanel, my twin sister Alexis and I started on Pre-Team at 3 years old
Favorite class in school: Math
Favorite TV show: Cut Throat Kitchen
Favorite movie: Divergent
Other hobbies: I love to read, write, and draw
Favorite music: Hotline Bling by Drake
Charity involvement: "I participate in Coats for Kids Closet every year where we donate new or gently used coats and sweaters for kids in need. I am also a member of Harvest Link, a Christian organization that helps families."
Etc.: "I am very creative and love to draw in my spare time. My favorite books to read are mystery novels. I also love to sing and dance - especially the 'whip, nae, nae' and 'hit the quan' which is popular right now."
Club: Top Flight
Coaches: Dale Kaestner
Favorite gymnastics skill to perform: cast to handstand
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: MD state age group titles
How did you get involved with gymnastics? Weekly fit n’ five lessons and then I began to twist and tumble to the point where I needed MORE gymnastics in my life and I joined a team!
Favorite class in school: English "because it allows me to express my creativity through writing"
Favorite TV show: Dance Moms "I can learn a lot from their tightness, work ethic, and breathtaking performances"
Favorite movie: Parent Trap
Other hobbies: Horsebackriding and Art
Favorite music: Pop or something that I can listen to that either gets me motivated or keeps me listening to it nonstop without getting tired of it
Charity involvement: "I am involved with the Hopeworks Domestic Violence Center because I think making a positive difference in people’s life is important to ensure that we can spread happiness and love."
Etc: My favorite food is pasta and I never get tired of it. I also have two dogs that constantly keep me smiling."
Club: Hills Gymnastics
Coaches: Amy Martelli, Igor Kniazev
Floor Music: Dream Chaser
Favorite gymnastics skill to perform: Double Back on Floor
Most proud gymnastics accomplishment: Being Invited to the NationalDevelopment Camp at the Texas Ranch this past August.
How did you get involved with gymnastics? Was running around at a local gym. Was approached by one of the coaches and suggested Aza join the team.
Favorite class in school: Arts
Favorite TV show: Dog with a Blog
Favorite movie: The Gabby Douglass Story
Other hobbies: Interior Design / Crafts
Favorite music: Pop Music – Top 40
Etc: Azaraya loves Candy!!