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Auburn Gymnastics teams finish strong regular season

Boys and girls getting ready for State Championships
By: Special to the Journal
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Gymnastics in Auburn is hot right now as the girls’ and boys’ teams from Auburn Gymnastics finish out their regular season with strong showings.

The girls’ optional gymnastics team competed in Sacramento at the Lions Gate Convention Center, where nine gymnasts competed for both individual event titles and as a team. The boys’ team traveled to Rancho Cordova, winning three event titles for their respective age divisions.

Leading the effort on the optional team gold for the girls was Ali Herbert. The 12-year-old won vault (9.075) bars (9.6), beam (8.75) and floor (9.525) as well as the all-around. Fourteen-year-old Alyson Osborn earned second on the vault (9.225), first on bars (9.4), second on beam (8.45), first on floor (9.35) and second in the all-around.

Kara Christenson won the vault with a 9.375, placed second on the bars with a 9.25, placed third on floor with a 9.275. Christenson placed second in the all-around.

Level 7 gymnast Madison Candler, 12, scored a 35.75, placing seventh out of 17 other 12-year-old girls while teammate Emily Esteban, 13, placed second on the bars (9.4), beam (7.9), and second in the all-around (35.275).

Anessa Perez, a 14-year-old from Auburn, placed second on the floor with a 9.325. McKayla Susic, 12, placed second on the vault with a 9.05.  Emily Benson, 13, placed in the top five on bars, floor and in the all-around and 13-year-old Brittany Mouck placed fourth on every event scoring an 8.2 on her floor routine.

“The job now for our girls’ team is to ready for the State Championships and possibly Regional Championships,” said coach Jennifer Christenson. “They have had a very successful season and we are always proud to be training such a great group of kids.”

The Auburn Gymnastics boys’ team also had a banner weekend with the six-boy squad of level 4 and 5 gymnasts making a name for Auburn Gymnastics Center.

Six-year-old Christopher Otis of the level 4 team won the parallel bars (9.8) and placed second on the rings (9.5). He placed third in the all-around as well as third on the pommel and vault. Teammate Beck Thomas, 7, went against 16 boys and placed in the top five on pommel, rings, high-bar and in the all-around. Kohen Rugg went up against 16 other 8-year-olds, placing on the pommel and in the all-around.

The level 5 team was lead by Zeph Thomas, 10, who won first on high bar and third on rings ranking fourth. Bryce Dunigan, 11, placed first on vault and second on high-bar ranking fifth overall. Michael Kessler went up against 20 other senior boys, scoring a 9.1 on vault and a 9.0 on rings.

The boys’ team travels to San Luis Obispo for the State Championships on March 8-10 while the girls’ team has a month to ready for their respective State Championship meets.

Auburn Gymnastics Center, 290 Palm Ave., offers classes for recreational and team competitive gymnastics. Call 823-2031 or go the auburn-gymnastics.com for more information.