For Willliamsville North senior Madison Penetrante, her gymnastics career started before she was two years old.
“My dad took me to daddy and me classes, and i loved it,” said Penetrante. “I’ve been in it ever since.”
“She’s been involved in the sport her whole life and has developed some great basics,” added her gymnastics coach Torey Hirsch. “She’s got very good techniques, that have carried along through decades of gymnastics.”
However, the senior’s journey to success in the sport, wasn’t so easy. Penetrante dealt with roadblocks, and injuries. However, last season, that all changed.
“She won the all around title and did a tremendous job at the state championships,” said Hirsch.
Penetrante does’t just excell on the mat and the beam. She’s ranked 33rd in her class, and is a member of the National Honors Society, Math Honors Society, and Biology Honors Society. Penetrante admits there’s a lot of hard work that’s gotten her to where she is today.
“I just have to make the most of my time when I have it,” said Penetrante. “So, during free periods I’ll do my homework, or i’ll make sure i have time inbetween gymnastics and school.”
Penetrante adds her favorite subject is physics, even though it isn’t the easiest. When asked if she’d rather ace a physics exam or nail a floor routine, her answer reflects her work ethic.
“I’d try and do both. I’d study and work hard at the same time,” said Penetrante.