|Name Nhyla Bryant |
|Birthday December 10, 2001|
|Hometown Raleigh, North Carolina ||Parents Damon and Raquel Bryant |
|School Rolesville High School |
|Grad Year Class of 2020|
|School Awards Honor Roll, National Junior Honor Society, Honorable Mention in The Raleigh Arts Festival|
Nhyla had her first experience with gymnastics at The Little Gym at the age of two. Within the few years there, Nhyla’s parents noticed that she enjoyed tap and ballet, but her passion was gymnastics. The instructors encouraged Nhyla to take her gift to the next level. After a trial visit to Raleigh School of Gymnastics, her parents decided to enroll her in the classes. After a few months, Nhyla was recruited to the team and since then her gymnastics career has soared.
In 2010, under the coaching of Chuck LaCombe, Nhyla tested and qualified for the National TOPS camp at the US National Training Camp in Huntsville, TX. As a platinum gymnast in 2011, Nhyla’s shining moment was competing on the Platinum State Team and placing second in the all-around with a 38.225 at the Region 8 Prep-Optional Championships. She also earned first place on uneven bars and fourth place on floor exercise. In addition, Nhyla finished second in the all-around at the State Championships with first place awards on vault and uneven bars.
As a level 7 gymnast in 2012, Nhyla finished 12th in the all-around with a 37.100 and fifth on balance beam at the State Championships. Nhyla Bryant had an extraordinary level 8 season in 2013 where she finished fifth in the all-around with a 37.575 and third on vault and uneven bars at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 8 Championships in Atlanta, GA where she earned gold medals on vault and uneven bars, a silver medal on floor exercise and finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.650.
Nhyla moved up to level 9 for the 2014 season. She placed fifth in the all-around, first on vault and fourth on balance beam at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, Nhyla won the vault title with a 9.525. She continued competing level 9 in 2015 where she placed first on vault in every meet she competed scoring a 9.550 and above. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Kissimee, FL after a solid performance at the Region 8 Championships with a seventh place finish in the all-around. At the Level 9 Eastern Nationals, Nhyla placed seventh in the all-around with a 37.225 out of 28 gymnasts in the Junior 4 session. She also earned gold medals on vault and balance beam scoring a 9.850 and 9.425 respectively. Nhyla's vault score surpassed all level 9 competitors in her age group across both Western and Eastern Nationals.
In 2016 as a third-year level 9 gymnast, Nhyla finished third in the all-around with a 37.100, first on vault and floor exercise and second on uneven bars at the Region 8 Championships. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA where she placed seventh in the all-around and first on vault.
In 2017, Nhyla finished seventh in the all-around with a 37.425 and sixth on floor exercise at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 8 Championships where she placed 12th in the all-around, second on vault with a 9.600 and eighth on uneven bars. In 2018, Nhyla was unable to compete at State Meet and Regionals due to an injury. However, she had a great season earlier of the season where she placed first in the all-around at the Lady Luck Invitational (37.375) and Charleston Cup (38.475) and second in the all-around at the Everest Classic (37.350). In 2019, Nhyla placed third in the all-around (37.950) and second on vault and floor exercise at the State Championships and Region 8 Championships. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN, finishing ninth on floor exercise with a 9.600.
Nhyla competed on the Rolesville High School gymnastics team 2016-2018. As a freshman, her team won the North Carolina State Championships for small teams. She placed first in the all-around at the State Meet and was awarded Most Outstanding Player by the high school during both her freshman and sophomore years. Nhyla was recognized by the News & Observer (local paper) as the high school gymnast of the year for two consecutive years (2016-2017 and 2017-2018).
Currently, Nhyla trains 23 hours per week at Raleigh School of Gymnastics in Raleigh, NC under coaches Ron Patt and Megan Pendergraft. Nhyla will join the University of Georgia gymnastics team during the 2020-2021 school year.