At the Suburban League Gymnastics Championships held on January 26th, Mya won the All-Around Championship for a second consecutive year. By winning the All-Around event, Mya was named the Suburban League’s Gymnast of the Year in Back-to-Back seasons.
“I was surprised that I won the All-Around for a second year in a row. There are so many good gymnasts. So, I was really nervous. There was a lot of good competition,” said Mya.
In the All-Around, Mya took second place in the vault, fourth on the uneven bars, sixth on the beam and second in the floor exercise. In the Championship meet, Mya scored a personal best of 9.15 on the uneven bars.
The 2018-2019 season has already been a memorable one for Mya. She established two North Royalton High School records. In a meet against Westlake, Berea-Midpark and Avon, Mya scored a 9.55 in the floor exercise, breaking the record set by Kristina Jacobs in 2005 and an all-around score of 37.3 breaking the record set by Bethany Neczypor in 2005.
“The school records are so big for me,” said Mya. “In my freshmen year, I got the vault record. But I want more records because that tells me that I’m improving. It’s exciting. Now, I want to try and beat my own records.”
Mya has been involved in gymnastics for just about all of her young life. “My mom told me that I’ve always liked to tumble and do cartwheels. So, she put me in gymnastics and I just kept going from there because I like it a lot.” Mya remembers getting started in gymnastics at the age of four.
Most of us catch “gymnastics fever” when the Olympics are broadcast. While Mya doesn’t know if the Olympics influenced her at all, she said, “I love watching them. I watch every big gymnastics meet on television. Even the college gymnastics meets.”
While may of us consider gymnastics as an individual sport, the team aspect is something Mya has come to appreciate. “I love being on a team because I’m with all my best friends. But, it’s nerve wracking at the same time because you feel pressure to do well for the team. You don’t want to let your teammates down. But, it’s co much fun to be on a team.
Mya feels that her best event is the floor exercise. “I concentrate on it more and with my tumbling skills it feels natural.” The event Mya feels she has to work on is the uneven bars. “It’s so hard. I’m so weak at it. It’s so hard. The coaches work with me to help me get better on bars. They give me tips to help me get better. It’s a case of repetition for me.”
The next big meet for Mya and the rest of the North Royalton Gymnastics team is the Sectional meet which takes place in February.
Our congratulations to North Royalton Sophomore, Mya Costello, a two-time Suburban League Gymnast of the Year.
By Joe Jastrzemski
Contributing Writer for Royalton Recorder
Posted February 7th, 2019