Wednesday, April 4, 2012

State results give gymnasts a boost

Boise meet for WRGA kids

State champions Kaiden Minnick (left) and Kennedy Larsen of Wood River Gymnastics Academy at the recent state meet. Courtesy photo

Nine gymnasts represented Wood River Gymnastics Academy and two local champions were crowned during the Idaho State Gymnastics Championships March 23-25 at Boise State University.

Many of the gymnasts competed in the Kinesiology Building, while a lucky few in the USA Gymnastics-sanctioned meet were able to compete in the Taco Bell Arena venue.

Coach Andrea Minnick said, "The gymnasts have been competing for four months, traveling around Idaho. The state meet culminates our season. All of the WRGA gymnasts put up their season highs at this meet. They did amazing."

Two of the WRGA gymnasts came away with state championships. They were third-year title holder Kaiden Minnick in vault with a score of 15.4 (the highest vault score of the meet), and Kennedy Larsen in floor with a score of 9.375.

About 600 of the top gymnasts from around Idaho competed in classes ranging from boys' levels 4--10 to girls' levels 3--10. Girls' levels 7-10 competed in the same place and on the same equipment as the top-rated BSU college gymnasts.

Kaiden Minnick finished 5th overall (84.1) in his age division out of 15 gymnasts. He placed 8th on parallel bars (14.0), 7th on high bar (13.9) and pommel horse (11.7), 6th floor (14.4), 5th rings (11.7) and 1st vault (15.4).

Peter DelaCruz finished 5th overall in the same age group. He was 13th vault (14.2), 7th floor (14.4), 6th pommel horse (11.9) and parallel bars, 4th rings (14.8) and high bar (14.5).

In her first season competing at Level 4, Kennedy Larsen finished 2nd overall (36.4) in her age division out of 12 gymnasts. She also placed 9th vault (8.9), 2nd bars (9.125), 3rd beam (9.0), and 1st floor (9.375).

Sabrina Bourgette competed in a new state program called the Xcel Program. Bourgette was the only gymnast in the Novice Xcel grouping, so she won all 1st place finishes.

Minnick said, "This was the first time we offered this program at Idaho State Championships. According to USA Gymnastics it is designed to offer a broad-based affordable competitive experience outside the traditional Junior Olympic program to attract and retain a diverse group of athletes."

"Now that the competition season is over the gymnasts are excited to begin training for the next level. Many of our gymnasts will be moving up a level. As the gymnasts master higher level skills they are able to compete at higher levels."

For additional information about WRGA and their programs, visit its Web site or call Andrea Minnick at 309-3105.

State results

Led by coaches Randy Minnick, Stephanie Bjorkman and Andrea Minnick, WRGA gymnasts took on 21 other gyms from around Idaho. They brought home multiple medals in all events and several top 10 finishes in all-around:

Kaili Smith, a Level 7 senior at Wood River High School, earned 12th all-around (23.475), 8th bars (7.525), 12th vault (8.3) and 12th floor (7.65);

Brygitte DeLaCruz, Level 7 earned 12th overall (32.8), 11th floor (8.25), 11th beam (8.575), 12th vault (8.475) and 12th bars (7.50);

Megan Downey, Level 6 earned 6th overall (33.275), 5th beam (8.750), 6th bars (8.325), 8th vault (8.35) and 9th floor (7.85);

Haley Bjorkman, Level 5 earned 11th overall (30.5), 9th vault (8.0), 11th beam (8.25), 11th floor (7.7) and 13th bars (6.55);

Nataley SantaCruz, Level 4 earned 5th overall (35.6), 3rd bars (9.15), 6th vault (9.075), 7th floor (8.775) and 9th beam (8.6);

Jessie Lambert, Level 4 earned 8th overall (34.45), 7th vault (9.0), 8th bars (8.25), 8th floor (8.625) and 10th beam (8.575);

Kennedy Larsen, Level 4 earned 2nd overall (36.4), 1st floor (9.375), 2nd bars (9.125), 3rd beam (9.0) and 9th vault (8.9).

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