|| Hailey Merchant |
|| June 30, 2003 |
|| Gambrills, Maryland|
|| Matt & Wendy Merchant |
|| Arundel High School |
||9th (2017-2018) Class of 2021 |
||4.0 GPA; Honor Roll||
|| First Class Gymnastics |
|| Jianwei Dai, Shoney Taglisferi |
|| Level 10 (2016-Current)|
|| Linda Johnson, Jamie Wysong |
|| The Drift |
||22 hours per week |
||Division I College Gymnastics|
Hailey Marie Merchant was born in Baltimore, MD on June 30, 2003 to Matt and Wendy Merchant. She has two older brothers, Sam and Matt and a cat named Lucky. Hailey is currently in the 9th grade and maintains a 4.0 GPA while training 22 hours a week. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering at The Ronald McDonald House helping other children. Hailey’s goal is to compete for a Division 1 College and study to become a pediatrician.
Hailey’s parents enrolled her in a recreational class at the age of three because she had more energy than she knew what to do with. Hailey fell in love with the sport immediately and she was invited to pre-team and then team shortly after joining at First Class Gymnastics in Annapolis, MD. Following her level 4 season in 2009-2010, Hailey moved to Win-Win Gymnastics in Odenton, MD. As a level 6 gymnast in 2012, Hailey finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.000 and second on balance beam at the State Championships.
In 2013 as a level 7 gymnast, Hailey placed second in the all-around at the State Championships and was named to Maryland State Team. Hailey moved up to level 8 for the 2014 season where she placed second in the all-around with a 37.125, second on uneven bars and fourth on floor exercise. She qualified to the Region 7 Championships, finishing in the top 15 and fourth on floor exercise. In 2015 as a level 9 gymnast, Hailey qualified to the Region 7 Championships.
Hailey moved back to First Class Gymnastics in Annapolis, MD in the summer of 2015. She moved up level 10 in 2016 and qualified to the State Championships. She was not able to compete all events due to a minor injury. In 2017, Hailey was the Level 10 MD State Bars Champion with a 9.575 and came in fourth in the all-around with a 36.575 and qualified to Regionals.
Hailey trains 22 hours per week under coaches Jianwei Dai and Shoney Taglisfer. Hailey is working hard to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals and obtain a Division I college gymnastics scholarship.
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