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Rockland Gymnast Represents New York At Upcoming Regional Tourney

Nikki Capriotti qualified for a regional competition in New England.
Nikki Capriotti qualified for a regional competition in New England. Photo Credit: Christina Capriotti
Nikki Capriotti trains at the Rockland Gymastics Academy in Nanuet.
Nikki Capriotti trains at the Rockland Gymastics Academy in Nanuet. Photo Credit: Christina Capriotti
Gymnast, Emma Manea, coach, Anna Vasilevski , gymnast, Samantha Greenhut, coach, Edgar Hatch, and Nikki Capriotti. Nikki and Samantha will both represent New York at an upcoming regional tournament in Massachusetts.
Gymnast, Emma Manea, coach, Anna Vasilevski , gymnast, Samantha Greenhut, coach, Edgar Hatch, and Nikki Capriotti. Nikki and Samantha will both represent New York at an upcoming regional tournament in Massachusetts. Photo Credit: Christina Capriotti

NANUET, N.Y. -- Competitive gymnast Nikki Capriotti of Rockland Gymastics Academy in Nanuet has qualified to represent New York State on the U.S. Gymastics Team in an upcoming regional competition in Massachusetts.

The 11-year-old has been practicing gymnastics for seven years, competing for five.

She is a member of the USAG level 8 girls team and considers the other gymnasts among her "closest friends."

"I've known them since I was four and we have many highs and lows together. They are always there for me."

Asked why she likes gymnastics Nikki said it makes her feel challenged.

"Once I get a difficult skill, it makes me feel like all the other things I do in and out of the gym are easy," she explained.

"I like the switch from school classroom to high activity at gymnastics at night."

The sports main challenges are that it is sometimes "frustrating and scary," said Nikki.

"But I trust my coaches Edgar and Anna" - husband and wife, Edgar Hatch and Anna Vasilevsky, Rockland Gymastics Academy owners.

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