Fausnaught sisters are ready to compete in Atlanta for nationals in gymnastics
For Maggie and Klair Fausnaught, gymnastics is more than simply a sport. It’s been a part of the lives of the two Williamsport sisters together for the past 14 years.
Maggie, 19, and Klair, 17, both students at Williamsport High School, have been competing in gymnastics since they were 3 years old.
“Like we just have dedicated to it and it’s become part of our everyday activities,” Maggie said. “We love it so much and there’s always something new. It really never gets boring. We love it a lot.”
That love for the sport has taken them to another level. The Fausnaught sisters will be competing in Atlanta this weekend for the Eastern Nationals tournament after both placed sixth at the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament, which was held in Lewisburg.
Maggie was the Region 7 Level 9 sixth-place finisher in Division Senior 8. She scored a 9.650 in the vault, 9.225 in the bars, 8.600 in the beam and 9.225 in the floor for a 36.700 score.
Klair was also the sixth-place finisher in Region 7 Level 9 for Division Senior 6. She scored a 9.300 in the vault, 8.850 in the bars, 9.175 in the beam and an 8.950 in the floor for a 36.275 score.
To be able to represent not only the Mid-Atlantic Region, but Pennsylvania as well, is a huge sense of pride for the Fausnaughts.
“It’s been a dream of mine to go to this big of a meet and represent the region and Pennsylvania,” Klair said. “It’s an honor for me and it’s always been my dream.”
During the Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament, neither Maggie or Klair knew if they were going to qualify. All they knew was they would have to be outstanding in all four events — vault, uneven bars, beam and floor — to be within the top seven to head to nationals.
As for their best events? Maggie noted for her it was the vault and for her sister it’s the floor routine.
Maggie found out Klair qualified before her sister found out as she watched the scores get posted.
“She didn’t know. We took a video of her and her reaction, her face perked up and she was so excited and ran up,” Maggie said.
Both Maggie and Klair are also excited to be able to go to nationals together as siblings, especially since Maggie will graduate in a few weeks from Williamsport.
“Having Maggie there my whole life, it’s really hard for me this year for her to leave, so having this experience together definitely has gone on even more that we can tell our kids someday that we qualified together and went through this whole life of practicing 20 hours a week together,” Klair said.
“We’re super excited,” Maggie said. “Being able to do it with my sister and it being my last year competing and everything, it’s really exciting.”