Top Row: Avery Vitron / Kenna Matlak / Madison Zack
Bottom - Gionna "GiGi" Laquinta / Maddison Campbell
Level 3 Team
Top Row: Lexi Bretz / Sammie Benovic / Sascha Gibson
Lauren Bush / Desi Cubero
Bottom - Mikaela "Bubbles" Gorniak / Emma Revak
Optional Team (Level 8-10)
Big Guns in Action!
Mackenzie Kavlick Level 9
Andy Parks Level 9
First meet what to expect.
Mini / Preteam EGC West
Mini / Preteam Harborcreek
Top Row: Davion Edmond / Oliver Kantz / Jeffrey Edmond
Bottom - Liam Marshal / William Sawwan / Isaac Smith
Top Row: Lily Bretz / Josie Plaster / Madalyn Holland / Lauren Wilke / Sarah Fowler
Middle Row: Kylie Byerly / Olivia Wilke / Emily Marticci / Faith Myers / Kaelee Spreng / Kinslie Larson
Hope Myers / Alyssa Cieslak / Lily Martin / Grace Kantz / Sophie Williams
Bottom - Samantha Misfud / Laina Drabic
Top Row: Haley Martucci / Elli Gruwell / Reagan Rand / Kayla Forsythe / Kendra Crane
Wendy Viet / Lauren Hain / Kadence Skrbin / Jayda Galleur / Avery Blackmer
Bottom - Elizabeth Gunther / Lexi Rodemoyer / Jocelyn Teresi
(missing) Isabella Burchanowski /
Top Row: Nyah Cheek / Lienne Su / Bella Taraski / Haley Little (missing)
Sarah Lathan / Allie Pelitier / Kysinya Tischenko / Kyra Guntrum
Gracie Kinnear / Dajanay Thomas / Leah Bretz
Level 6 Optional Team
Left to Right - Top: Joey Rizzo / Andy Parks
Roman Rizzo / Sebastian Shirk / Alex Moore
Lucas Kantz / Jonah Witkowski / Aiden Antuzzi / Reed Yost
Bottom - Giles Veit / Yanet Patanakul / Mitchell Pelinsky / Jaiden Glus
Level 7 Optional Team
Peyton Schuller Level 10
Erie Gymnastics Center is the proud home of Team Lightning. Team Lightning represents EGC's Competitive Gymnastics Travel Teams. Team Lightning produces some of the best talent in the country. Team Lightning Athletes participate in and are governed by USA Gymnastics (USAG) our National Governing Body. USAG is our United States Representative Program for the World & US Olympic Teams.
The USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Program consists of 10 Competitive Levels of Gymnastics. Think of these levels like grades of school or belts in Karate. Athletes must earn a minimum mobility score at USAG Sanctioned Competitions to advance to the next more difficult level. Levels 1 & 2 are the entry competitive levels (the little league) of gymnastics. Erie Gymnastics Center does not at this time compete Level 1 & 2 athletes. Instead, we consider these levels Advanced Recreation & EGC Mini Team members, and compete them 'in house'.
Team Lightning Competitive Gymnastics starts at Levels 3. Level 3 is entry or 'little league' level of Competitive Gymnastics. Level 3's have basic compulsory skills on all the Olympic apparatus.
Level 3 thru 5 are State Recognized Compulsory Levels. Each gymnast must perform a set routine of skills on each apparatus at competitions. Gymnasts earning high scores can qualify to the PA State Gymnastics Championships.
Levels 6 & up are known as 'Optional' Gymnasts. Optional Gymnastics is what most people are familiar with from watching gymnastics on TV. Optional Gymnasts have their own choreographed routines that they perform on the various apparatus. Each skill and combination earns points toward the gymnasts final score. Levels 6 is considered Beginner Optional Gymnastics and Level 7 is considered Intermediate Optional, however there is nothing Beginner or even Intermediate about their skill levels. They compete to earn qualifying scores to compete at the PA State Championships. Level 8 (Advanced Optional) Gymnasts move up a lot higher in skill level and compete at the USAG Regional Level (best of 7 States). PA is part of Region VII gymnastics and includes - Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.
BIG GUNS - Level 9 & 10 are USA Gymnastics National Levels. EGC is proud to have 2 National Level gymnasts this year, and over 60 in our career. Level 9's have a few safety 'restrictions' in difficulty. Level 10's are unrestricted, and perform the most difficult of gymnastics skills and combinations. Over the years, EGC has produced numerous National medalist and NCAA Collegiate Athletes.
The road to Level 10 is extremely difficult. It requires a commitment on an entirely different level than most Olympic Sports. Level 10 gymnasts spend grueling hours at the gym learning the most complex and dangerous skills and training to make them look easy. Less than 1% of students who enter gymnastics ever make these levels. To our 10's however, they "Love It, Eat It, Breath It!" Team Lightning Optionals are coached by "National Ranked" USAG Coach - Douglas Pershun. Doug has been at this for 25+ Years.
Top Row: Veronika Tischenko / Gia Coletta / Ananya Patanakul / Amelia "Mi Mi" Sala / Ella Cain / Kayleigh Kosko
Paige Van Tassell / Chloe Hubler / Kaylin Harrington / Miriah Rodemoyer
Lexi Rodemoyer / Ellie Gruwell / Savannah Thompson
Bottom - Samantha Serafini
Level 5 & Devo Team
Level 4 Team
Top Row: Jalen Plaster / Alix Rutter / Lainey LaBruzzo / Isabella Harrington / Catie Britt
Sienna Covatto / Brooklyn Boyd / Allie Gladitz / Madeline Moore / Lauren Ferrante /
Bottom - Grace Boyd / Sydney Huggler / Priya Schuller / Chloe Hubler / Nora Vitron /
Competitive & Pre-Team / Mini-Team Registration
Sorry to "Hide" Team Registration here. It is available on the "Classes Page" as well. However, it is hidden because many new Parents do not understand the difference of Class & Teams, and try to sign up for these programs.
If, you are here by accident, you can only sign up for these classes by Recommendation of the Coach & Qualification via USAG Sanctioned Events.
Action Shots Team Lighting Pics
Top: Leira Parsons / Isabella Carideo / Ella Storolis / Trista Paternosh / Alexandra Rinderle
Middle: Vayda Giannelli / Hailey Exley / Nora Weiss
Bottom - Stella Jung / Sadie Knott / Lily Austin
Top: Sydney Williams / Brooklynn Drayer / Mackenzie Prather / Kylie Ann Miller / Paisley Baker / Olivia Stanopiewicz / Audrey Kunzler / Abby Bauer / Riley Eicher /
Middle Row: Mackenzie Piggott / Payson Altsman / Morgan Oler / Sydney Betza / / Addyson Shoup / Evelynn Shoup / Faith Myers
Bottom - Findley Parker / Reese Elzer
Boys "Hot Shot" Training Team
Xcel Competitive Team
Top Row: Ella Cain
Middle Row: Jenna Miller / Azelea Abrams / Emma Papale
Bottom - Sydney Marie / Brooklyn Coleman / Baylee Antuzzi
(Missing - Axela Sala)
Level 2 Team