Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 17, 2014

Community Scoreboard

Gymnast soars at state meet

Jackie Giordano of Andover came up big at the USA Gymnastics state championships earlier this month.

Jackie, who turned 8 right after the competition, won first place in her session and finished second overall in the state for Level 3 out of 542 girls ranging in age from 6 to 13.

She nailed her bar routine with a score of 9.925 to earn first in that routine, and also finished first on beam, with seconds on floor and vault, finishing tops among the competition’s 7-year-old gymnasts.

Jackie is a student at West Elementary School in Andover and a student at GymStreet USA in Wilmington.

AHS girls tennis leading clinics

The Andover High School girls varsity tennis team will be offering a clinic at the new high school courts on Shawsheen Road from 10 a.m. to noon during three days of April vacation week.

The clinics, which cost $15 a day, will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. All ages and skill levels are welcome. To reserve a spot, email

ANA Synchro ‘Defying Gravity’

ANA Synchro, the synchronized swim team based at Andover/North Andover YMCA, presents its 2014 annual show, “Defying Gravity,” next weekend at the facility’s pool at 165 Haverhill St. (Route 133) in Andover.

The show will feature the nationally competitive synchronized swimmers performing routines paired with music, spotlights and dazzling costumes. Leah Pinette, former captain of the U.S. Olympic Selection Team, coaches the swimmers, from novices to senior athletes.

“Defying Gravity” will be performed Saturday, April 26, at 3 and 6 p.m. and again Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for students and are available in advance at the front desk at the Andover/North Andover YMCA. For more information, visit or call the YMCA at 978-685-3541.

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