Former St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Gymnast Receives NCAA Acrobatics and Tumbling Scholarship

Leonardtown, MD – Former St. Mary’s Gymnastics Academy (SMGA) USAG Level 9 gymnast Kandyce Blocker of Lexington Park, Maryland, will be the first Recreation and Parks collegiate gymnast. After two years with the Academy’s competitive team, Kandyce has continued to hone and perfect her tumbling skills through private lessons with SMGA’s coach Diane Picolo.

While competing with SMGA, Kandyce’s highest all-around score was a 35.00 at Maryland states. Her other achievements include a first place finish on floor at Maryland States, first place all-around at the Gingerbread Invitational and second place all-around at the Nation’s Capital Cup.

The Academy was excited to hear Kandyce will attend Fairmount University in West Virginia on an NCAA acrobatics and tumbling scholarship. She begins her collegiate competition schedule in February 2019. She will be missed by her teammates and coaches at the Gymnastics Academy.

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