Miyagi athletes advance to regional meet

By: Journal Sports Staff
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Four athletes from Miyagi Gymnastics Academy qualified for the regional competition at the Northern California state meet in Oroville over the weekend. Level 9 gymnast Kiely Gode led the team with an all-around score of 35.950, her highest of the season. Gode tied for first on vault with a score of 9.55, earning a share of the prestigious title of state vault champion. Gode also placed fourth all-around in her age division, her highest finish at a state meet in the seven years she’s been a competitive gymnast. Fellow level 9 gymnast Alex Esmerian also earned her highest all-around score of the season, posting a 34.925 at the state meet. Esmerian scored a 9.35 on beam, her specialty, to place second. Teammate Megan Gulley rounded out the level 9 qualifiers with a 34.275 all-around. Gulley has been dealing with a slow-healing stress fracture in her shin as well as a torn abdominal muscle this season, which make her qualifying finish that much more impressive. Her best event of the weekend was floor (9.050). In level 10 action, gymnast Hannah Clark also landed her highest all-around score of the season, 34.525. Clark’s best events were beam (9.125) and vault (9.050). She also has been dealing with injuries this season and has made an impressive comeback. All four gymnasts will be heading to Long Beach early next month for the regional competition, where they will compete against gymnasts from throughout California as well as Washington, Nevada and Arizona. To advance to nationals, the girls will have to score over 36.0 in the all-around and finish in the top of their age divisions. To qualify for state, the gymnasts needed a minimum all-around score of 32.0 at an invitational meet this season. To advance to regionals, they needed a minimum all-around of 34.0 at the Oroville meet. Miyagi Gymnastics Academy is located at 3116 Olympic Way in Auburn. For information, call (530) 888-6569.