Tampa YMCA's Top Flight Gymnastics team were a big flip at the National Championships.
One of the Bay Area's biggest gymnastics programs took more than 30 members to the national competition in Savannah, Georgia. They came home with a a lot of gold, including two all-around titles and a team championship in the Xcel Gold Division.
"We had an incredible meet," Top Flight gymnastics director/head coach Gabrielle Garcia said. "We had kids that won the meet. We had kids who placed in the top 10. We took over one of the divisions. We had an incredible meet."
Caroline McGlone was one of many who produced gold, including a win on the floor exercise and an all-around title. The results elicited quite the response from her family.
"Well, my sister cried and my dad started tearing up, which was very surprising and they were all so happy for me," McGlone said. "I was shocked and I didn't really know what was happening and then it finally hit me and I was going crazy."
Speaking of crazy, Top Flight's been growing like crazy. Five years ago, there were 25 gymnasts. Fast forward to today where they boast 180 members.
"It says that we're doing things right," Garcia said. "It says that we're definitely growing as a team, so I say that we're, if not the biggest, becoming the biggest team in the Tampa Bay area."
And for one weekend in Savannah, they were the best in the nation.