Skylar Draser got her start in gymnastics at the age of three after she loved to play on the monkey bars and would flip around the house. Skylar quickly took to gymnastics and progressed quickly. Skylar began competing in December 2012 as a level 5 with Gold Medal Gymnastics Huntington. As a level 5, Skylar placed third on vault and fifth all around at the New York Early State Championships.
Skylar’s optional career began in February 2014 as a level 6. At her first meet of the season, the Long Island Classic, Skylar won the beam and all around titles as well as the silver on floor. Skylar’s success continued throughout the season as she went on to win the beam and all around titles at the New York State Championships.
Coming off of a great level 6 season, Skylar skipped level 7 and began competing level 8 during the 2015 season. Skylar had a solid level 8 season and at state, placed sixth on beam and in the all around. From state, Skylar qualified to the Region 6 Championships where she placed second on vault, and third on beam and in the all around.
As a level 9 in 2016, Skylar opened up her season at the Brestyan’s Invitational. Here, Skylar took home silver medals on beam and in the all around. Skylar placed second all around at her next two meets as well. At the New York State Championships, Skylar had a great meet, winning the beam title, taking second all around, and third on vault and floor. Skylar qualified to regionals, and at regionals she placed third on bars and floor and fourth all around.
Following her 2016 level 9 season, Skylar began training with Infiniti Elite Gymnastics. Skylar competed level 10 during the 2017 season and also participated in Hopes Qualifiers. Skylar had a great first level 10 season and made it to the JO National Championships. Three weeks after competing at JO Nationals, Skylar competed at the Parkettes National Elite Qualifier. Skylar just missed her Hopes 12-13 optional score, but still had a great meet and placed third on vault.
Skylar began her 2017-2018 season at the Myrtle Beach Cup Elite Compulsory Qualifier. Here, Skylar achieved her Hopes 12-13 compulsory score. Skylar competed her first level 10 meet of the season at the Atlanta Crown Invitational where she took sixth place on vault. In early February, Skylar competed at the Buckeye National Elite Qualifier. Skylar had a fantastic meet and earned her Hopes 12-13 optional score, qualifying Hopes and earning a ticket to the 2018 Hopes Classic in July. At her next level 10 meet of the season, the Magical Classic, Skylar took home gold medals on vault, beam, floor, and in the all around. Skylar went on to compete at the New York State Championships where she earned a silver medal in the all around as well as a bronze medal on bars. Skylar moved on to the Region 6 Championships where she placed third on bars and fourth all around, qualifying to her second JO Nationals.Skylar had her best meet of the season at JO Nationals and placed ninth on floor and eighth all around.
At the beginning of July, Skylar competed at the Hopes Classic in Salt Lake City, UT. Here, Skylar finished in the top 10 on floor and 14th all around, qualifying to the Hopes Championships. Three weeks later at the Hopes Championships, Skylar had a phenomenal meet tying for the floor title, taking second all around, and a bronze on bars.
Currently, Skylar trains 26 hours per week under coaches Tammy Marshall and Randy Nebel at Infiniti Elite Gymnastics in New York. Next year, Skylar hopes to qualify as a Junior International Elite and earn a spot on the US National Team. In the future, Skylar’s goal is to represent Team USA at international competitions, including the 2024 Olympic Games. Skylar also hopes to obtain a Division 1 college scholarship and compete all around for a top NCAA gymnastics program.