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Gymnasts from Springers Gymnastics pose after competing in the Maine USA Gymnastics State Championship last weekend. Back row (left to right): Maddie Nida, Kajsa Brown-Morrison, Syra Gutow, Elena Springer, Paige Sawyer; middle: Megynn Lord, Gilly Rice, Ellie Kane, Molly Jennings, Ashly Emerson; front: Aliayah Washburn, Genevieve Muise, Mercedes Ulichny, Kaela Springer, Riley Crowley.PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SPRINGERWATERVILLE — Fourteen gymnasts from Springers Gymnastics competed in the Maine USA Gymnastics State Championship last weekend.“This year, we had more girls qualify and compete in the USA Gymnastics Championship than ever before,” said Springers Gymnastics coach Doug Springer. “We had a great season, and great meet.”The team competed against 10 gyms from across the state in Levels 3 through 6. Springers’ sole Level 7 gymnast, Gilly Rice, was sidelined with an injury late last week.Meet highlights include Level 3 gymnasts Molly Jennings scoring a meet-high score and first place finish with 9.75 on bars, and Kaela Springer taking second on vault.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our girls did a great job this weekend, against excellent teams at all levels,” Springer said. “We had several girls exceed their season goals and reach their highest scores so far.”The team will compete in the YMCA State Championship on April 18 and 19.
SERENA Williams powered to a record 307th Grand Slam match win to reach the fourth round of the US Open.The world number one moved ahead of Martina Navratilova for most match wins in a major by a woman, and tied Roger Federer’s mark for men with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.“That’s pretty awesome and what a place to do it, where everything first started,” said the 34-year-old.Serena won her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 1999.She is bidding to claim a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title and her seventh US Open crown.She next faces Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova, a 6-2 7-5 winner over China’s Zhang Shuai.Sister Venus Williams, the sixth seed and oldest woman in the tournament at 36, plays Laura Siegemund of Germany later.Fifth seed Simona Halep of Romania smashed her racquet in frustration before avoiding an upset by defeating Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-1 2-6 6-4.Halep trailed 3-1 in the deciding set but fought back to reach the last 16.“I don’t know how I came back. I felt like I didn’t play my best but I was fighting to the end for every ball,” she said.Halep will play Spain’s 11th seed Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.Suarez celebrated her 28th birthday with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Russian Elena Vesnina.Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland overcame France’s Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-3 and will face either American Varvara Lepchenko or Ana Konjuh of Croatia next.