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Miyagi teams both 2nd at Concord meet

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Level 7 and Level 9 teams at North Auburn?s Miyagi Gymnastics Academy brought home second-place team trophies from the recent Golden Gate Classic in Concord. Optional standouts for the Level 7 team included Tess Balcomb, 14, who placed first on the beam with a score of 9.075, and second on the floor (9.275) and all-around (35.875), and Sarah Leipsic, 10, who was first all-around (36.325) in her age group with firsts on the vault (9.45) and floor (9.375) and a second on the beam (9.1). Also contributing for the Level 7s were Libby Gregory, 13, and Candice Conklin, 13, with Gregory placing fourth on the floor (9.025). Level 8 gymnasts Meghan Gulley, 13, and Jill Wipperman, 13, tied for fourth on the vault, each with an 8.675. Wipperman added a victory on the bars with a 9.105. At Level 9, Annie Penrose, 12, placed first on the vault (9.35) and third on the floor (9.05), while Erin Wipperman, 13, was second on the vault (9.0) and Tawny Lambuth, 13, was sixth on the floor (8.95). Level 10 gymnast Sarah O?Neal, 16, medaled for sixths on the vault, beam, floor and all-around. Placer High senior Jessica Miyagi, who will be continuing her gymnastics career at University of California, Berkeley in the fall on a Division I scholarship, led her father?s club at her future home this past weekend. In Level 10, the 17-year-old Miyagi took the first place all-around with a 36.10, won the vault (9.4) and bars (9.1), and placed second on the beam (8.9) to lead the team at the NorCal Gymnastics competition hosted by Golden Bear Gymnastics of Berkeley at UC Berkeley?s Hass Pavilion. Level 9 highlights included Erin Wipperman?s firsts all-around (34.1) and on the vault (8.9), second on the beam (8.7) and third on the bars (8.05); and Penrose?s runner-up finish on the bars (8.4). At Level 8, Jill Wipperman placed second all-around (36.1) and on the bars (9.175), beam (9.175) and floor (9.20). was third all-around (34.6) and won bronze medals on the beam (9.05) and floor (9.2). The Level 7 Optionals had an impressive showing, winning the team trophy over 14 other NorCal gyms. Highlights were Balcomb?s first-place finishes for all-around in her age group (37.075) and on the beam (9.55) and floor (9.525), second on the bars (9.050) and third on the vault (8.95). Leipsic was first all-around (36.80) and on the vault (9.15), beam (9.40) and floor (9.375), and second on the bars (8.7). Gregory was second on the floor (9.075) while Conklin was third on the floor (8.95) and fourth on the vault (9.15).