Friday, February 11, 2011

Gymnasts make progress, teams place at Nampa

Winter Fest meet

     WoodRiverGymnasticsAcademy teams recently traveled to Nampa for the 16-team Winter Fest Gymnastics meet hosted by Danik Gymnastics at NorthwestNazareneUniversity’s JohnsonSportsCenter.

     Three teams from WRGA placed in top spots for the first time. The Level 4 girls team placed third, the Level 4 boys also placed third while the Level 7 girls team placed fourth.

     “We did well enough to feel good about ourselves, but made some mistakes that we need to improve on,” said Andrea Minnick, WoodRiverGymnasticsAcademy’s head coach.

     “It gives us something to work on, not only for our next competition but for the rest of the season. Right now it seems competitions are intimidating to some of our new competitive gymnasts. Our goal is to compete how we practice, to relax and to enjoy being out there in front of the crowds.”

     There were approximately 330 gymnasts competing in girls’ Levels 3-10 and 100 boys in Levels 4-10.

     WRGA Level 4 competitors were Addason Park, Sienna Miley, Maddy Hovey, Jillian Palmer, Jessie Lambert, Kaegan Wherry and AnneMarie Deffe. The top results were:

     Kaegan Wherry 6-vault (8.4); Addason Park 1-vault (8.85), 3-bars (8.0), 5-floor (8.15), 5-all around; Jessie Lambert 6-bars (7.7) and 6-all around; Sienna Miley placed 5-bars (7.85) and qualified for Idaho State Championships; AnneMarie Deffe 7-vault (8.55); Jillian Palmer 7-bars (7.1); Maddy Hovey 6-floor (8.05).

     Level 3s included Kennedy Larsen, Taylor Merrick, Sydney Sisco, Nysa Wood and Lucy Ludwig.

     The Level 5s competitors were Haley Bjorkman, Ciara Hulett, Amber Park, Megan Downey and Lauren Cord. Top finishers were Amber Park 5-floor (7.65) and 7-all around; Megan Downey placed 2-bars (8.8), 4-beam (7.8) and 4-all around.

     Level 6s were Brygitte DeLaCruz, Bella Stethem and Callie Weber. Top finisher was Bella Stethem, who placed 3-beam (8.325).

     The WRGA Level 7 competitors were Kaili Smith, Maddie Marcouiller and Alma Stosius. Results:

     Kaili Smith 4-vault (8.0), 4-bars (7.6), 5-beam (6.825), 4-floor (8.55) and 4-all around; Maddie Marcouiller 6-vault (8.0), 5-bars (8.0), 6-beam (5.425), 6-floor (8.05) and 6-all around; Alma Stosius placed 3-vault (8.85), 3-beam (7.1), 3-floor (8.65), 1-bars (8.225) and 3-all around.

     The boys’ Level 4 competitors were Peter DeLaCruz, Koii Lauritsen and Kaiden Minnick. Their results:

     Peter DeLaCruz 5-floor and pommel horse, 4-rings, 7-vault, 5-parallel bars, high bar and all around; Koii Lauritsen 3-floor and 4-floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar and all around; Kaiden Minnick placed 6-floor, 4-pommel horse, 5- rings, 1-vault, 4-parallel bars, 1-high bar and 4-all around.

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