Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Flipping and Vaulting to the Heights of Their Sport

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Flipping and Vaulting to the Heights of Their Sport

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They are in the gym six days a week, working for hours on complicated tumbling passes, intricate bar routines and vaults that send them flying through the air.

Sydney Davidovich, 12, is the perfectionist, the one who will practice a move again and again until she gets it just right. Alexandra Quiana, 10, is known for her ability to make even the hardest set of flips seem as graceful as a ballet.

Their hard work has paid off. Sydney has been named the 2012 New Jersey gymnastics all-around champion. Alexandra is the state floor champion.

"I was surprised and really happy," said Sydney, a seventh- grader. "Gymnastics is a lot of fun."

The two girls, who compete for the U.S. Gymnastics Development Center in Mahwah, earned a host of other medals during the recent state championships. Sydney earned a first place in the vault, second on bars and third on beam. Alexandra took third in both the all-around and on bars.

The two, along with Megumi Tamura of Ridgewood and Kaitlyn Hornidge of Ramsey, placed third in the overall team competition.

"I did my best and had fun," said Alexandra, a fourth-grader at Oradell Public School.

The win was especially meaningful for the Davidovich family. Sydney's mother and sister had been away for several weeks before the meet while her sister had surgery at a hospital in Cincinnati. They surprised Sydney by making the 10-hour drive from Ohio for the competition, held in Cherry Hill on Jan. 21-22.

"Sydney was just so excited," said her coach, Meri Nash Aderhold. "I think she won it because they were there."

Sydney's mother, Wendy Davidovich, added: "She was just gleaming that day. I am so glad we made it. She had been so upset that we wouldn't be able to be there."

Alexandra and Sydney both began gymnastics with mommy-and-me classes when they were toddlers.

"Pretty early on, even in the mommy-and-me classes, coaches would say 'look at her. …

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