Auburn Gymnastics Center gymnasts close out season at state competition

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Qualifying Auburn Gymnastics Center gymnasts Kellie Oesterling and Cierra Foster finished strong seasons at the level 7 state gymnastics championships Saturday in Stockton. Oesterling hit all four events and was third in the all-around with a 36.675. She had two third-place finishes on vault (9.275) and floor exercise (9.175) and two fourth place finishes on beam (9.1) and bars (9.175). “We are very proud of her,” coach Jennifer Christenson said. “She was in one of the toughest age divisions for this level and came out with a third place win in the all-around. We were looking for her to have her best meet of the season and I can honestly say she did.” This was the first time Auburn Gymnastics Center sent a group to the level 7 state competition. The facility was bought in May 2008 and has introduced both boys’ team gymnastics and optional level girls’ team gymnastics. “We have really made a statement this last year in the gymnastics community,” Christenson said. “These girls really represented us well.” In the senior level 7 meet, Foster, who is recovering from a hamstring-related injury, finished strongest on the floor exercise (8.7) and the bars (8.425). “For Cierra it was all about seeing if she could come back and compete and she did,” Christenson said. “We are proud and, for her, we are already looking to compete level 8. This summer is going to be full of some heavy training.” The Auburn Gymnastics Center is starting this week to enroll children from 4 years old in summer camps where the focus is getting strong, learning new tricks and having fun. The gym is also hosting a free tryout for girls and boys interested in taking part in a competitive cheer program for children of all ages. The clinic is Saturday, April 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. and try outs are Sunday, April 27 beginning at 2 p.m. Coach Katie Newman will be leading the squad. Call (530) 823-2031 for more information.