Two Algonquin Regional High School Seniors have been chosen for the distinguished Massachusetts Senior National High School Gymanstics Team, reported the Community Advocate.
Chloe Herczeg and Alissa Wood are co-captains of the high school team, and join other high school gymnasts in this national competition to be held in Fort Myers, FL, in May. Both have been getting ready for the competition by practicing at the Massachusetts Gymnastic Center in Westborough, said the Advocate, and both will compete individually as well as in a team setting.
Both have been involved in gymnastics since they were young, and are accomplished athletes.
The co-captains have been taking gymnastics since they were toddlers and have competed for private gyms as well as ARHS. Herczeg, who was the Community Advocate’s Athlete of the Week two years ago, went to Brestyan’s American Gymnastics Club in Ashland and then Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) in Shrewsbury. At Brestyan’s, she even trained with girls who have competed in the Olympics. Wood started out at Town Hall Gymnastics in Northborough and then attended GLC as well. She currently competes for the GLC Superior Team.
Davis is continually impressed with the girls’ drive to learn.
“What is most refreshing about Chloe and Alissa is the fact that they continue to be hungry in terms of the skills they want to develop despite the fact that they already boast high-level skills,” she said.
Both gymnasts said they are looking to take a break from the sport in college. Both have suffered injuries, and they also want the opportunity to try other things.
Herczeg is deciding between Pennsylvania State University and Santa Clara University, which, she noted, both have competitive soccer teams. She plans to play that sport recreationally and study engineering.
Wood has been accepted to six different schools and is currently in the midst of deciding which one to choose. She plans to study nutrition, but said she is also interested in being an English teacher. As for college athletics, she noted that she might dance or teach Zumba. She also enjoys playing soccer recreationally and used to play lacrosse.
The athletes are looking forward to the upcoming championship.
“This is my time to shine,” Wood said. “This is the time to do the best routine I can.”
Herczeg added, “It’s just the cherry on top of a great senior year.”
To see a video of the girls in action and hear them speak about their love for gymnastics click on the link below: