Nicole Desmond got her start in gymnastics at the age of one in a mommy and me class at Parkettes. Since then, Nicole has loved gymnastics and has stayed at the same club ever since. Nicole began competing in November 2014 as a level 3 and competed through the spring 2015 season.
Following Nicole's level 3 season and her first year of competitive gymnastics, Nicole made a big leap and began competing level 6 in December of 2015. Nicole had a solid level 6 season and finished in the top 15 on beam and floor. During the summer of 2016, Nicole participated in TOPs Testing. From state testing, Nicole qualified to national testing and then went on to make the TOPs National B Team.
Competing level 7 during the 2016-2017 season, Nicole kicked off her season at the Back to School Meet where she finished fourth on vault and floor and fifth all around. Nicole continued to improve throughout the season and went on to win the beam title and take third on floor at the Pennsylvania State Championships. Nicole participated in TOPs Testing for a second year during the summer of 2017 and once again earned a spot on the TOPs National B Team.
As a level 8 during the 2017-2018 season, Nicole began her season at the Christmas On The Chesapeake meet where she had a great competition, bringing home silver medals on bars, floor, and in the all around. Nicole continued to have a great season and finished second on beam and in the all around as well as third on vault and floor at state. From state, Nicole qualified to the Region 7 Championships where she brought home the silver medal on beam.
Skipping level 9, Nicole competed level 10 during the 2018-2019 season with a goal to qualify Hopes. In December 2018, Nicole competed in the Parkettes Elite Compulsory Qualifier where she earned her Hopes 10-11 compulsory score. Nicole competed her first level 10 meet two weeks later at Christmas on the Chesapeake and finished third on floor. In February, Nicole earned her Hopes 10-11 optional score at the Biles National Elite Qualifier and brought home first place finishes on beam and in the all around. Nicole competed in the Pennsylvania State Championships in March where she brought home the gold medal on beam with a 9.700. Nicole concluded her 2019 level 10 season at the Region 7 Championships finishing fifth on beam and eighth all around, qualifying as a first alternate to the JO National Championships.
Following a great level 10 season, Nicole competed in the Hopes Classic in June in Salt Lake City, UT. Here, Nicole finished fifth on beam and seventh all around, punching a ticket to the Hopes Championships later in July. At the Hopes Championships, Nicole had her best meet of the season winning the beam and all around titles as well as earning a medal on floor.
Nicole began her 2020 season at the Metroplex Challenge National Elite Qualifier. Nicole just missed out on her qualifying score but finished second on vault. Nicole competed her first level 10 meet of the season at the Parkettes Invitational where she won the beam and floor titles with scores of 9.725 and 9.825, respectively. In February at Developmental Camp, Nicole earned her Hopes 12-13 optional score during verification, qualifying her to the Hopes Classic for her second year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole's season was cut short as the remainder of the season was canceled. Due to the remainder of the 2020 season being canceled, USAG allowed for all Hopes and Elite Qualifiers to retain their qualifying score for the 2021 season. With this, Nicole qualified to the 2021 Hopes Classic in the 13-14 division.
Currently, Nicole trains 30 hours per week under coaches Robin Netwall and Donna Strauss at Parkettes Gymnastics. Nicole's goal for next season is to qualify for JO Nationals and win the Hopes Championships 12-13 all around title. In the future, Nicole hopes to earn a spot on the US National Team, make the US Olympic Team, and earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.
2021 Hopes Classic 13-14 Qualifier
2020 Pennsylvania State Championships Level 10 Qualifier (canceled due to COVID-19)
2020 Hopes Classic 12-13 Qualifier (canceled due to COVID-19)
2019 Pennsylvania State Championships Level 10 beam champion
2019 JO National Championships Level 10 1st Alternate
2019 Hopes Team Member
2019 Hopes Classic 10-11 beam medalist
2019 Hopes Championships 10-11 beam & AA champion; vault & floor medalist
2019 Developmental Team Member
2018 Region 7 Championships Level 8 beam silver medalist
2018 Pennsylvania State Championships Level 8 beam & AA silver medalist; vault & floor bronze medalist
2018 America's Top 100: Level 8 Beam
2017 TOPs National B Team Member
2017 Pennsylvania State Championships Level 7 beam champion & floor bronze medalist
2016 TOPs National B Team Member
2016 Pennsylvania State Championships Level 6 Qualifier
Hopes Classic 13-14 Qualifier
Hopes Classic 12-13 Qualifier (canceled due to COVID-19)
Pennsylvania State Championships Level 10 Qualifier (canceled due to COVID-19)
Hopes Team Member
Developmental Team Member
Hopes Championships 10-11 beam & AA champion; vault & floor medalist
Hopes Classic 10-11 beam medalist
JO National Championships Level 10 1st Alternate
Pennsylvania State Championships Level 10 beam champion
America's Top 100: Level 8 Beam
Region 7 Championships Level 8 beam silver medalist
Pennsylvania State Championships Level 8 beam & AA silver medalist; vault & floor bronze medalist
TOPs National B Team Member
Pennsylvania State Championships Level 7 beam champion & floor bronze medalist
TOPs National B Team Member
Pennsylvania State Championships Level 6 Qualifier
Favorite Event: Beam
Favorite Skill: Flic, Flic 2 Feet, Lay 2 Feet (beam)
Favorite Gymnast: Simone Biles
Favorite Meet: Hopes Championships
Favorite Quote: "Dream big and work hard!"
|06/02/2019||Parkettes National Elite Qualifier||Hopes 10-11||AA - 49.000 (1)|
|03/08/2019||International Gymnix||Novice||Bars - 11.800||Floor - 14.266 (1)|
|01/25/2019||Parkettes Invitational||10||Beam - 9.525 (1)|
|12/14/2018||Christmas on the Chesapeake||10||Floor - 9.250 (3T)|
|12/02/2018||Parkettes Elite Compulsory Qualifier||Hopes 10-11 Compulsory||Vault - 9.250 (1)|