Champions Rise Up!


AUBURN – There were no surprises Sunday night at the gymnastics regional championships as the senior members on the men and women’s teams of Auburn Gymnastics Center were able to hold their own against the best of the best from California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

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Zeph Thomas blew past more than 30 competitors earning top 5 spots on the bar, vault, pommel horse and all-around in Santa Clara, Calif. at the USA Gymnastics Men’s Regional Championships.

“They did it again,” Coach Haley Christenson said.

Level 8, Emily Esteban, took a top spot and posted a 9.3 on beam taking the silver for beam for the weekend.

“She had two minor mistakes the whole routine and pulled off a big score,” Coach Haley Christenson said who has now coached her 6th gymnast to a beam top spot in this post-season.

Esteban and teammate, level 8 Allyson Osborn, were in Las Vegas, Nevada collecting medals for efforts on the beam as well as Esteban medaling on the vault, floor and all-around all while the men’s Regional Championship was taking place in Santa Clara, Calif.

Zeph Thomas lead the men’s efforts coming in 4th on out of 38 kids in his age division on the vault and high bar and 5th on pommel horse and in the all-around.

“Thirty-eight kids is steep competition when you consider all these kids from multiple states were all the best in their respective states,” Coach Bobby Huckins said. “He killed it and we couldn’t have been more proud.”

Thomas and teammate Kannon Rector both represented Northern California coming up 2nd place at both level 5 and level 6 losing to Southern California.

It was the first big post-season meet for 7-year-old, Kannon Rector and he had his top routine on the pommel horse with a 10.85 earning him 4th place in the region.

“Obviously he will be going to a lot of championships to come,” Huckins said smiling. “Our goal was just to hit all events and just have a great meet and a positive attitude.”

Huckins said the team stayed very positive the entire weekend. Kohen Rugg and Christopher Otis had their best efforts on the bars. Otis nailed a bar routine of the season with a score of 9.8 and Rugg put up a 9.95 for his high bar routine.

Back in Las Vegas, the Region 1 Women’s Gymnastics organization recognized the graduating senior, Allyson Osborn, with a watch from USA Gymnastics and an emotional send off.

“It’s tough when they move on but we know they are well prepared for life having spent as much time in this amazing training arena,” Christenson said. “Allyson is a huge part of our program and she will be greatly missed when she leaves for college.”

Level 7 and X-Cell gymnasts will hit the floor in Chandler, Arizona April 22 to 25th for their chance at Regional titles.



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