GymRat Challenge is a showcase

DeNofio said he was a little disappointed his team couldn't reach the 17U playoff round, but he was satisfied with his team's 2-1 record in pool play.

"We just wanted to be up against the top teams. It wasn't about wins," said DeNofio. "It was unbelievable beating teams from Long Island and Boston."

It's the high level of competition and the opportunity to play in front of college scouts that will keep drawing teams to the GymRat Challenge.

"The biggest (reason for the event's success) is people respond to quality," said Kmack. "We spent two years in research and development before we launched the event 12 years ago, and it's paid off."

"They don't get to see competition like this, especially in this area," said DeNofio.

Siena College and the University at Albany will be busy again in two weeks, as the fourth-annual Girls GymRat Challenge takes place June 12 and 13. More than 130 teams are scheduled to take part in the two-day event.""

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