By Evan Reller
Becky Tutka, a senior at Palisades High School in Upper Black Eddy, Pa., has loved gymnastics since a Mommy & Me class when she was a toddler. Her mother, Jill, was involved in acrobatics as a child and her father, Jim, was a wrestler.
She trains at Parkettes in Allentown, Pa., and believes the best part of the gymnastics competitions are the trips to and from meets with her teammates, who are her best friends.
A typical day for Tutka is going to school from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., training at the gym from 1:30-7 p.m., doing her homework and then off to sleep. Like most gymnasts, there isn’t much free time in her schedule. Good time management skills are necessary, she says, and while school is her priority, she hasn’t had to make a decision between the two.
Among her accomplishments are fourth place at the Junior Olympics National Championships in 2010 and first in the all-around at the 2010 Gymnix International. She scored a 9.9 on floor at the 2010 Parkettes Invitational.
“I feel like I am a good leader,” Tutka said. “I work hard and lead my team by example.”
In 2011, Tutka finished fourth in the all-around at the Excalibur Cup, a qualifying event for the 2011 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup.
Tutka’s goals are to win seven Pennsylvania Level 10 state titles in a row and to win an NCAA title with the University of Utah.