Hannah Helferich ended her gymnastics career on a high note – a really high note.
Helferich was part of the Andover YMCA gymnastics team that competed in the AAU Nationals at the Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Fla., on June 13 through 16.
Helferich, who competed at level 8, placed first in vault and beam, second in floor and third all around, her best meet of the year and her best scores in any of her nationals competitions.
“Being my last meet ever, I enjoyed it,” Helferich said.
She said she was surprised by her final results because of the level of competition at nationals.
“I was in the gym just practicing as much as I could,” she said of what she did to prepare. “Mostly it was mental just because I get psyched out on some events.”
But she didn’t this time.
Looking back, she likes to see how far she has come in her gymnastics career.
“When I watch videos when I was younger to see how much I’ve improved since then,” she said of what she enjoys.
Of the events, the floor is her favorite event.
“I just like tumbling through the air and twisting,” she said.
Other members of her team also did well at the meet.
Alexa Marshall, level 3, placed 13th all around.
Sophie Murphy, level 4, placed sixth on beam, seventh on floor and eighth all around.
Maddie Murphy, level 5, placed 11th on vault, eighth on beam, sixth on floor and 12th all around.
Amanda Walls, level Intermediate Optional, placed seventh on vault, first on floor and 11th all around.
Maggie Carney, level Intermediate Optional, placed sixth on vault, seventh on bars, eighth on floor and sixth all around.