Gymnastics

WLC’s McClure shines once again

Scores improve for lone Warrior gymnast

Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Wilton-Lyndeborough junior Meghan McClure competed at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

The WLC Warriors’ lone gymnastics competitor, Meghan McClure, is back in action this winter in her senior year.

Last Monday, she participated in her first meet of this season at Pinkerton Academy. She scored the following: vault: 7.9, uneven parallel bars: 6.0, balance beam: 7.0, and floor exercise: 7.6, for an all-around score of 26.5.

Her coach, Tom Williamson, was impressed by her strong start.

“Usually, we start a little lower and work our way up,” Williamson said. McClure then went on to compete at a meet at Londonderry High School. She improved on almost all her scores: vault: 8.1, uneven parallel bars: 5.1, balance beam: 8.0, and floor exercise: 8.0, for an all-around score of 29.2. Out of the nine participating schools, Meghan was recognized for third place in the floor exercise, second place in the balance beam, and third place in the all-arounds.

McClure is competing against gymnasts who undergo year-round training and compete as a team at the highest levels. Yet she’s finding success against them with a floor routine she created herself in her living room and a singular drive and determination.

“Here’s a gymnast whose never competed at the level and trained for the amount of time as the kids she’s competing against, and she’s doing really, really well,” Williamson said.

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