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Gymnast set to begin new chapter

on Tuesday, 21 July 2020. Posted in News, Education, Local News, Sports

Gymnast set to begin new chapter
After her final year of competition for Florence Gymnastic was cut short, Emery McCutcheon will begin school at Francis Marion University this fall. She plans to return to Florence Gymnastic to complete her final year of eligibility.

Despite the surrounding fear of a pandemic, Florence gymnast Emery McCutcheon is flipping forward the pages of her life as she prepares to begin a new chapter at Francis Marion University.

In early March, just a few weeks from what would be McCutcheon’s final salute, all regional, state and national gymnastics meets were cancelled, due to the COVID-19. After working countless hours and giving up so much time to do something she loved, to see her final season come to an end in such a way was heartbreaking.

McCutcheon started recreational classes at Florence Gymnastic in 2012. She then became a member of the team in 2013. Through the years she has placed in the top four every year at either USAG State level, AAU District Level, or AAU National level. Her highest achievements include first place on bars (AAU District) and first place on floor (USAG State) and third place on beam in 2014.

In 2017, she placed first on vault (AAU District) and third on beam (AAU Nationals). In 2018 and 2019, she placed first on bars (AAU District) and third on bars (AAU Nationals).

McCutcheon has not given up on her final salute. She will return to the Florence Gymnastic team this fall.

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