Sara Distefano began gymnastics at the age of two while her mom coaches cheerleading. It was originally going to be a way to keep Sara busy, but she ended up falling in love with the sport and there was no turning back. Sara started at Athletic Edge Sports Center, and has stayed there ever since. Sara began competing in 2010 as a level 4 and finished her season at the New York State Team Cup where she finished third on floor and sixth all around. During the spring of 2012, Sara competed level 5. In 2013, Sara competed level 6. As a level 6, Sara had a great season and went on tow in the New York State vault title with a 9.700 as well as placing third all around.

Sara’s optional career began in 2014 at the Spooktacular Invitational where she won the vault and beam titles and placed third all around. Sara continued to improve throughout the season and at the 2015 New York State Championships, she finished second on bars and in the all around. Sara also qualified to the Region 6 Championships where she placed second on vault. As a level 8 in the fall of 2015 and into the spring of 2016, Sara won the bars, floor, and all around titles at her first meet. Sara placed in the top 3 in the all around all season long. At state, Sara had a great meet winning the vault, bars, and all around titles. Sara moved on to regionals where she won the vault title as well as taking home the bronze medal in the all around.

Coming off of a great level 8 season, Sara entered her level 9 season with a win on floor and second all around. Sara’s all around score increased at almost every meet, and she finished second on vault at state as well as regionals. Sara competed her second year of level 9 during the 2017-2018 season and had a great year. Sara became the 2018 Region 6 vault champion and qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Championships where she finished fourth on vault and third on floor.

Currently, Sara trains 20+ hours per week under coaches Mary Casale, Tara Polizzi, Lena Squarciafico, and Rob Axelrod at Athletic Edge Sports Center. In her free time, Sara enjoys volunteering and is a loyal teammate to everyone. In the future, Sara hopes to earn a scholarship for gymnastics to a division 1 school.

2018 Region 6 Championships Level 9 vault champion & floor bronze medalist
2018 Level 9 Eastern Championships floor bronze medalist & vault medalist
2018 Level 9 Eastern Championships Region 6 Sr. 4 Team Champions
2017 Region 6 Championships Level 9 vault silver medalist
2017 New York State Championships Level 9 vault silver medalist
2016 Region 6 Championships Level 8 vault champion, beam silver medalist & AA bronze medalist
2016 New York State Championships Level 8 vault, bars & AA champion; floor silver medalist
2016 New York Level 8 State Super Team Member
2015 Region 6 Championships Level 7 vault silver medalist
2015 New York State Championships Level 7 bars & AA silver medalist; vault & floor bronze medalist
2014 New York State Championships Level 6 vault champion & AA bronze medalist
2011 New York State Team Cup Level 4 floor bronze medalist
Level 9 Eastern Championships floor bronze medalist & vault medalist
Level 9 Eastern Championships Region 6 Sr. 4 Team Champions
Region 6 Championships Level 9 vault champion & floor bronze medalist
Region 6 Championships Level 9 vault silver medalist
New York State Championships Level 9 vault silver medalist
Region 6 Championships Level 8 vault champion, beam silver medalist & AA bronze medalist
New York Level 8 State Super Team Member
New York State Championships Level 8 vault, bars & AA champion; floor silver medalist
Region 6 Championships Level 7 vault silver medalist
New York State Championships Level 7 bars & AA silver medalist; vault & floor bronze medalist
New York State Championships Level 6 vault champion & AA bronze medalist
New York State Team Cup Level 4 floor bronze medalist

Favorite Event: Vault

Favorite Skill: Yurchenko Full

Favorite Gymnast: Aly Raisman

Favorite Meet: Regionals

Favorite Quote:
"Take pride in how far you've come and have faith in how far you can go"

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