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Freshman phenom leads group of versatile athletes on Baldwin gymnastics team – tribhssn.triblive.com

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Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode won WPIAL and state gold as a freshman.

She is beyond being a freshman prospect.

Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode was one of the top freshman athletes in the area in the 2021-22 school year. Rexrode flourishes in the gym, working out year-round and looking to perfect her techniques and routines.

The Baldwin underclassman won both WPIAL and state all-around championships in the diamond division — for advanced gymnasts — in 2021-22, two of the highest honors at the high school level.

“It did exceed my expectations,” Rexrode said. “I never thought I would place first in the diamond division for states or WPIALs as a freshman.”

Rexrode captured the all-around title at the Pennsylvania Classic at Moon, which serves as the high school state championships for gymnastics.

“Once again, Abby had an outstanding performance,” Baldwin coach Jodi Cummings said afterwards. “She’s an amazing athlete that continues to improve at every practice. I can’t wait to see what her future holds.”

Rexrode finished first on the beam, second on the floor exercise and fourth on vault and bars.

“My goal was to get first all-around because I knew I could do it,” Rexrode said. “I think it was an awesome season. I was surprised at how well I did individually and how well the team did. I can’t wait for my next three years.”

Next up is her sophomore season. Rexrode, who turned 15 in February, practices five days a week for close to 20 hours per week over the summer.

“My goals are to add bigger tricks to my routines and make my form better for the upcoming season,” she said. “I went to the Penn State gymnastics camp and have already gotten some new skills.”

Another top Baldwin athlete, 2022 graduate Abbey Herrle, secured first place on silver division beam event at the state meet. Herrle was the dictionary definition of athletic versatility in high school as she earned 15 varsity letters in her four years at Baldwin.

The 6-foot Herrle participated in gymnastics, tennis, swimming and diving, indoor track and outdoor track. She earned what is believed to be a school-record 15 varsity letters in her athletic career — four in gymnastics and indoor track, three in swimming/diving and outdoor track and one in tennis.

“I earned two MVP and two captain pins, as well,” Herrle said. “I got an MVP and a captain pin for swimming and diving and for gymnastics.”

Other noteworthy letter winners from the past at Baldwin include Ian Wild (14 varsity letter), Justin Schmotzer (13), Jenn Flynn (12), Karen Kovach (12) and Carole Zajac (12). Wild lettered in five sports (football, basketball, bowling, lacrosse, track and field) in his senior year.

Herrle, who graduated with a 3.5 GPA, plans to attend Robert Morris where she will major in sports management and minor in finance while competing in the women’s track and field program.

She competed in the high jump, pole vault, shot put and discus events at Baldwin but plans to specialize in the high jump and discus at RMU with the possibility of competing in the heptathlon.

“I started my senior track season with an ankle injury that took me out of four weeks of practicing,” Herrle said, “but I ended up rebounding and getting a personal …….

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By: Ray Fisher

Sunday, July 24, 2022 | 9:01 AM

Prints Charming Photography

Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode won WPIAL and state gold as a freshman.

She is beyond being a freshman prospect.

Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode was one of the top freshman athletes in the area in the 2021-22 school year. Rexrode flourishes in the gym, working out year-round and looking to perfect her techniques and routines.

The Baldwin underclassman won both WPIAL and state all-around championships in the diamond division — for advanced gymnasts — in 2021-22, two of the highest honors at the high school level.

“It did exceed my expectations,” Rexrode sa…….

By: Ray Fisher

Sunday, July 24, 2022 | 9:01 AM

Prints Charming Photography

Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode won WPIAL and state gold as a freshman.

She is beyond being a freshman prospect.

Baldwin’s Abby Rexrode was one of the top freshman athletes in the area in the 2021-22 school year. Rexrode flourishes in the gym, working out year-round and looking to perfect her techniques and routines.

The Baldwin underclassman won both WPIAL and state all-around championships in the diamond division — for advanced gymnasts — in 2021-22, two of the highest honors at the high school level.

“It did exceed my expectations,” Rexrode sa…….

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