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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZRings are Teddy Reinhard’s best event, but he’s been excelling in all aspects of gymnastics since taking up the sport at an early age. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZRings are Teddy Reinhard’s best event, but he’s been excelling in all aspects of gymnastics since taking up the sport at an early age.

Reinhard reaches goals at states

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Teddy Reinhard’s gymnastics career began when he was running around jumping on couches at home.

Well, not officially. But those early years of play certainly had an impact on his parents signing him up for gymnastics classes. Now, he’s become one of the area’s top gymnasts.

“At a young age my parents took me to the Parkettes training center to productively use my energy instead of climbing on the furniture,” Reinhard said.

Reinhard, a sophomore at Parkland High School, recently competed in the 2017 Region 7 Championships after a solid showing at states a week earlier.

At regionals, Reinhard finished with an all around score of 66.75 last week at Robert J. Collins Arena in Lincroft, New Jersey.

His score at regionals was broken down as follows: 12.3 in floor, 8.95 in pommel, 12.0 in rings, 10.9 in vault, 11.85 in parallel bars and 10.75 in high bar. Reinhard competes at Level 10.

“Going into the [state meet], I had high expectations for myself,” Reinhard said. “For most of the events I did meet my expectations. I also met my expectation of qualifying to regionals.”

Reinhard’s favorite event is the still rings, and arguably his most successful as well. His score of 12.0 in the rings was 16th-best out of 34 competitors in the entire region. He also did extremely well in the floor exercise, taking the 18th-highest mark of his competitors.

Reinhard was the only Parkettes male gymnast competing at regionals from Level 10 in his age group.

En route to regionals was a showing at states that impressed many. In the 16-year old division, where he competed at Harrisburg’s Artistic Sports Academy Plus at the end of March, Reinhard scored a 69.50 total in the all around.

His 12.50 score in the floor exercise was sixth best in the state, and only 1.1 points behind winner Jaret Beyer of Centre Elite Gymnastics. He also placed in the top 10 in pommel (12.50), rings (12.0), parallel bars (11.60) and high bar (10.40).

In addition to a performance that awarded him a trip to regionals, Reinhard helped his Parkettes team win a championship.

“My state meet went well,” Reinhard said. “I put up good scores that helped my team win first place for the Level 10 competition and also the super state team cup. Winning the super state team cup means we, the Parkettes men’s team, are the best team in the state.”

Besides being one of the most accomplished gymnasts in the area—he has medaled at regionals and states a number of times—Reinhard is equally impressive in the classroom. He was recognized as an Academic All-American, in which gymnasts with a 3.5 GPA or higher are recognized for their achievements.

It’s still a bit early in his high school career to know exactly what he wants to do with the sport at the next level. But Reinhard is planning on hopefully one day competing in gymnastics on the collegiate stage.

“In the future, I plan on continuing gymnastics and I have plans to attend one of the military academies that has a men’s gymnastics program,” Reinhard said.

The Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships will be held on May 10 – 14 in Kissimmee, Florida.