NHIAA: Salem's Whittaker top gymnast
Pinkerton Academy of Derry gymnasts celebrate winning the team championship Saturday in the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Salem High School. The team earned a cumulative score of 138.425 points. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
Nina Whittaker earned an overall score of 36.250 during Saturday's NHIAA Gymnastics Meet of Champions, held at Salem High School.
She had shown great promise since her first high school meet back in December 2012, when she put up a total score of 34.65.
Nevertheless, the 2013-14 season had been a struggle - until Saturday.
"I've dealt with a couple of injuries this past year," Whittaker said, visibly overcome by her victory. "But I've been working through them."
Salem Coach Kyle Redmond described Whittaker as a force to be reckoned with, noting that the gymnast fares impressively in all areas. "She doesn't have a weak point," he said.
Her floor exercises score was 9.350, just slightly lower than last year's 9.4 score, which also earned her top honors.
"It's been a great season, and we've just continued to improve, meet after meet," Burland said.
Londonderry High School's Madison Britting took top honors on the vault with a score of 9.3.