Meet the 2019 Florida Freshman Class

Florida is welcoming an enormously talented group of gymnasts: Leah Clapper of Gym America; Sydney Johnson-Scharpf of Brandy Johnson’s; Nya Reed of Capital Gymnastics; Savannah Schoenherr of Georgia Elite; Halley Taylor of La Fleur’s; and Trinity Thomas of  Prestige Gymnastics.

 

Name: Leah Clapper

Club: Gym America

Best event(s): Beam and floor

Leah Clapper is a former U.S. elite gymnast. She competed twice at the U.S. Classic, in 2016 and 2017 – where she was thirteenth and twelfth in the all around respectively – as well as at the P&G Championships in 2017, where she finished fifteenth in the all around. In 2018 she decided to end her club career as a level 10, and had a very good year. She won gold on vault and silver on bars and in the all around at the Michigan State Championships. She later won gold on bars and in the all around at the Region 5 Championships, and qualified to the Junior Olympics, where she tied for ninth in the all around in the Senior D division.

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Name: Sydney Johnson-Scharpf

Club: Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics

Best event(s): Vault, bars and floor

The daughter of Olympian Brandy Johnson, Sydney Johnson-Scharpf is a former elite gymnast. As a junior, she competed at three P&G Championships (2013 to 2015), and in 2015 she was fifth on floor and sixth in the all around. In 2017, as a senior, she tied for fourth on floor at P&Gs, after competing two routines with two different choreographies in the two days of competition. In 2018 she competed at several meets as a level 10 gymnast. Her last meet was the 23rd Annual Northern Lights Classic, where she won gold on vault and in the all around.

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Name: Nya Reed

Club: Capital Gymnastics National Center

Best event(s): Floor

Nya Reed is a two-time Junior Olympic qualifier (2017 and 2018). In 2017, she won silver on floor and was eighth in the all around in the Senior C division. In 2018, she tied for fourth place both on vault and on floor in the Senior F division. In 2018, she also competed at the Virginia State Championships, where she won gold medals on beam, floor and in the all around, and silver medals on bars and vault. She later competed at the Region 7 Championships, where she won bronze on vault and was fourth in the all around.

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Name: Savannah Schoenherr

Club: Georgia Elite Gymnastics

Best event(s): Bars

Savannah Schoenherr is a four-time junior Olympic qualifier. The first time she attended the competition was back in 2013, where she was fifth on floor in the Junior A division. Savannah also competed at J.O.s in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2015, she tied for gold on bars and for silver on beam in the Junior B division. In 2017, she tied for sixth on bars. And in 2018, she tied for gold again on bars and won silver in the all around. In 2018, she also won gold medals on bars at the Georgia State Championships and at the Region 8 Championships.

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Name: Halley Taylor

Club: La Fleur’s

Best event(s): Vault and floor

Halley Taylor is a three-time Junior Olympic qualifier (2016 to 2018). In 2016, she was twenty-eighth in the all around in the Junior F division. In 2017, she was twenty-seventh in the all around in the Senior C division. And in 2018, she was eighth in the all around and tied for ninth on floor in the Senior F division. In 2018, she was also second on beam at the Florida State Championships, and second on floor and third in the all around at the Region 8 Championships.

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Name: Trinity Thomas

Club: Prestige Gymnastics

Best event(s): All around

Trinity Thomas is a U.S. elite gymnast and current member of the senior U.S. national team. She competed at three international competitions. In 2018, she competed at the Tokyo World Cup, where she won silver in the all around. In 2016 and 2017 she also competed at the Jesolo Trophy. In 2016, she won gold on floor and in 2017 gold with the team. In 2017 she also competed nationally at the U.S. Classic, where she won bronze on bars and beam, and at the P&G Championships, where she won bronze on beam and floor and was fourth in the all around. A very resourceful and multi-talented athlete, in 2018 she was also seen training diving. Trinity plans to continue to train elite alongside college, in order to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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