8-year-old Auburn girl wins gold at NorCal gymnastic meeting

By: Special to the Journal
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A local girl struck gold last weekend. 
Standing atop a four-tiered podium became a habit for Auburn gymnast Annaliese Nobile on Sunday. 
The 8-year-old Auburn Elementary School student won gold twice at the 2012 NorCal North State Championships on vault and bars with scores of 9.55 and 9.5 out of 10.
"We knew we were going to see some great gymnastics but two gold medals at your first state championship meet is pretty impressive," said Auburn Gymnastics Center coach Jennifer Christenson. “There were a total of eight from our gym competing this weekend and they all exceeded our expectations — we are on cloud nine right now."
The level 4 team competed in Oroville on Saturday and Sunday in multiple sessions over two days. The gymnasts were Annah Sutherland, Sierra Gatrell, Maya Thrasher, Ginger Witchek, Breanna Phillips, Marissa Jilot and Kennedy Ambrosia.
In addition to winning two gold medals Nobile also earned the silver in the all-around for her age division by earning a score of 37.2. 
Sutherland, 8, earned a 36.425 and meddled on bars, beam floor and in the all-around. 
Ten-year-old Gatrell earned a total of 36.075 taking second place on the vault with a 9.3 and bars with a 9.2. 
Thrasher, 8, placed on vault with a 9.15, on floor with a 9.15 and in the all-around with a 36. 
Witchek, 9, placed second on vault earning silver with a 9.5, on floor with a 9.075 and in the all-around with a 35.925. 
Phillips, 8, scored a 9.35 on vault and an 8.925 and a 35.95 in the all-around.
Seven-year-old Jilot scored a 9.1 on floor and ended with a 35.225 in the all-around and Ambrosia placed in the top 10 on vault with a 9.025 and bars with an 8.45 her all-around was a 33.825.
Combined in the eight different age divisions, the team ended up with 33 top-10 finishes in the individual event finals and all-around placements.
“We knew going in the team would do well and are very pleased with the results,” Christenson said. “What is exciting is that they are just beginning and they have a really good bond as a team.”
Auburn Gymnastics Center is located at 290 Palm Ave. in Auburn. In addition to a competitive boys and girls gymnastics they offer cheer programs and recreational gymnastics and tumbling classes. 
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