Aerials gymnasts soar to state championship

It was a wonderful Valentine’s Day for Aerials Gymnastics. Scoring an all-time high team score of 91.225, Aerials captured the Jersey Optional Gymnastics Association State Championship.

Their gymnasts dominated throughout the meet, placing first on all four of the comprising events — balance beam, uneven bars, floor exercise and vault. In addition, Aerials Gymnastics’ Devyn Phillips, Asbury Park, and Lindsey Press, Colts Neck, won State Championship All-Around titles.

Heather O’Brien and Philip Caporaso Jr., who coach the Aerials team, were extremely proud of the overall team effort. They received contributions from everyone.

“Not only did they win the team title, but everyone placed in an individual event,” said O’Brien

Along with their All Around titles, Phillips was the vault state champion, second on beam, third on uneven bars, and fourth on floor. Press was the state champion on floor, placed third on uneven bars, and seventh on beam.

Also contributing to the team victory were: Jessica Mazza, Middletown, the state champion on beam, second all-around, fifth on floor and sixth on uneven bars; Danielle Lanziano, Rumson, state champion on uneven bars, fourth all-around, and ninth on vault; Sofia Harmon, Tinton Falls, fifth allaround, third on beam, fourth on floor, and seventh on vault; Riley Maida, Oceanport, 10th all-around and 10th on uneven bars; and Krista Johnson, Tinton Falls, ninth on uneven bars.

Sue Sarafian, who owns Aerials, also expressed her pride in the accomplishments of these young athletes, some of whom started their gymnastic careers at Aerials as toddlers.

Aerials Gymnastics, located at 151 IndustrialWay East, Eatontown, offers classes from “Mommy & Me” through high school. Sarafian, a former physical education teacher, loves to share her passion of gymnastics and healthy active lifestyles with children of all ages and always extends the invitation to any child to come in and try a free class.

For more information, call Aerials Gymnastics at 732-389-0404 or visit them at