In a sport in which victory is determined by the smallest of fractions, Caroline Fitzpatrick put an exclamation point on her season by taking the gold medal as the Gymnastics Level 9 Eastern National all-around champion last weekend in Worcester, Mass.
Fitzpatrick, with a total of 37.60, finished 0.675 ahead of the silver medalist, Krystin Chiellini of Golden City Gymnastics in Brandon, Fla. Fitzpatrick started her competition on the balance beam, posting an impressive 9.55 that held for the entire competition, giving her back-to-back balance beam titles on her way to taking the all-around crown. Her championship performance featured a silver medal routine on the uneven bars (9.575) and a bronze medal in floor exercise (9.3).
Fitzpatrick, by winning the all-around championship, was invited to the Junior Olympic National Training Camp to be held this fall at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center in Huntsville, Texas. The center, run by former and current USA Olympic coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi, is a 2,000-acre facility and an official USA Gymnastics training site for women's gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, tumbling and acrobatics.
Laurie and Frank DeFrancesco coach Caroline at the Arena facility in Springdale, where she began gymnastics in the preschool program as a 3-year-old.
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