Silverthorne squads storms to top spots
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Summit County, Colorado
The Silverthorne Storm gymnastics team started its season on a high note Saturday in Carbon Valley. The town-sponsored youth squad had every member hit the podium at least once and took home 27 first-place ribbons – six in the all around.
“We definitely have some kinks to work out and moves to add to many routines yet the girls, overall, looked strong and confident in what they were doing,” Storm head coach Ben Way said. “We had many girls hitting moves they hadn’t hit yet, surprising themselves and their coaches. A good start to the season.”
The Storm had 20 of its 28 gymnasts qualify for the regional meet with their performances Saturday.
The meet was part of the CARA league, which has three divisions of competition – compulsory 4 and 5 and optional (which has five levels of its own). Each division is broken down into age groups, so each gymnast competes against opponents with similar skill sets, Way said.
Although, there weren’t many in the gym that day that kept up with the squad from Silverthorne.
In the optional division, Tessa Gunnin placed in the top-3 in each and every category in the 0-4 division, adding up to an impressive 34 total points in AA, good for first place. She also placed first in both floor and on the beam,
“She is developing the moves that will put her in the running when she gets bumped up to the 0-5 division for regions and state,” Way said.
Kaylin Lilly, in the optional 0-3 division, won the beam and the vault competitions, on her way to a first-place finish in AA.
Sophie Imamura, who Way said figured out her “long-hang kips,” tied for first place on bars with teammate Grace Mickelson. Imamura also won the AA in her division.
In the compulsory 4 division – for entry-level gymnasts – Sophia Romero was on the podium in each and every event and won the AA.
Megan Nations hit an impressive 9.2 on the vault to win in that division.
Cassidy Bargell and Mia Ammon both hit back handsprings on the floor in the compulsory 5 division, despite only getting them down two days before.
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