By Anthony Mitchell
The Daily Item
There is another 16-year-old making waves in gymnastics, but this one has stayed in Pennsylvania to find success. Well, for now at least.
Megan Feltham, 16, of Lewisburg committed to Ohio State University thanks to a full athletic scholarship to continue her gymnastics career with a Buckeye squad that finished last season ranked 12th nationally. Feltham won the 2011 Pennsylvania Level 10 all-around title, and added a title on the uneven bars in the competition in Bethlehem.
"I was very happy and proud of myself," Feltham said. "I was glad the hard work paid off."
Feltham's mother, Renee explained the joy of watching her daughter reach her goal.
"There was that accumulation of all her hard work," said Renee Feltham. "We were pretty darn proud."
Feltham, a rising junior, trained briefly at Gym Starz in Sunbury before moving to Parkettes National Training Center in Allentown where she currently trains. While training at Parkettes, Feltham competed in the 2012 Women's Junior Olympics National Championship, where she finished in a tie for 12th place on the balance beam with a score of 9.500 out of a possible 10.000 points and in a tie for 26th place overall out of 58 gymnasts.
One year earlier, Feltham finished in a tie for ninth place in the floor exercise, which she considers her favorite event.
The level that Feltham competed in is the highest junior level before a gymnast reaches elite-level competition according to USA Gymnastics. Once a gymnast reaches Level 10, they can qualify for elite-level competition by earning a minimum score which varies by age group.
Feltham said she admires 2012 London Olympics all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas, who has become one of the stars of this year's competition, at the age of 16.
"She has a big smile and she's very energetic about gymnastics," Megan Feltham said.
With eight years of training in the sport, Feltham will continue to compete at the junior level before going to the national level in the Big Ten Conference.
"I'm hoping to make it to nationals the next two years and hope to do well in college," Feltham said.