2009-02-04 / Sports

Greater Buffalo's Level 3 girls compete strongly

The Greater Buffalo Gymnastics Center's Level 3 girls team fared well at the inaugural Jacquie Hirsch Memorial Buffalo Challenge on Jan. 24. Pictured in the front row — Olivia Tarabula; second row -  from left — Olivia Mattson, Rachel Kieffer, Juliana Argenio, Lauren Zima; third row — Grace Taylor and Haley Dauria. The Greater Buffalo Gymnastics Center's Level 3 girls team fared well at the inaugural Jacquie Hirsch Memorial Buffalo Challenge on Jan. 24. Pictured in the front row — Olivia Tarabula; second row - from left — Olivia Mattson, Rachel Kieffer, Juliana Argenio, Lauren Zima; third row — Grace Taylor and Haley Dauria. The inaugural Jacquie Hirsch Memorial Buffalo Challenge event was held on Jan. 24 at the Greater Buffalo Gymnastics Center in Getzville.

Teams from several facilities across the area competed. Many Western New York gymnastics families are familiar with the Hirsch family.

The Hirsch family, owners of the Greater Buffalo Gymnastics facility, lost their daughter, Jacquie, at the age of 23 on Sept. 6, 2008, following a year-long battle with acute lymphocytic leukemia. She was involved in the family business and is sadly missed by family, friends and competitors.

This was the first time Greater Buffalo's Level 3 team competed in an invitational. There were more than 46 participants from all over Western New York.

During this nonsanctioned event, nine gymnasts from Greater Buffalo Level 3 participated in four events — bars, floor exercise, vault and balance beam.

Juliana Argenio posted a 36.3 all-around score with a 9.6 on vault and 9.4 on floor. Rachel Kieffer scored 36.15, with a 9.35 for her floor routine and a pair of 9.2s on beam and vault. Haley Dauria rounded out the top three scorers with a 36.0 after earning a 9.3 on vault and 9.1 on floor.

Their next meet will be held Feb. 6 at the Nickel City Invitational at Gymnastics Unlimited in Orchard Park.

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