Auburn team soars to new heights – two qualify to Regional Championships!


AUBURN – Auburn Gymnastics Center boys’ teams are flying high after the 2013 State Championship meet in San Luis Obispo where two qualified to Regionals in April.

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Bryce Dunigan shows off his floor routine on Saturday, March 9. He scored a 10.8and placed 3rd on the event. Dunigan qualified to the Regional Championship meet in Reno in April.

   Six boys from 6-years-old to 17-year-old competed at the State Championship meet setting new records for the Auburn gym and hoping to ignite more interest in the sport locally.
   Eleven-year-old Bryce Dunigan won the State Championship title on vault with a huge score of 10.1 and ended up placing 5th in the overall. On the floor he scored a 10.8 placing 3rd, on rings he scored a 10.45 placing 3rd and on high bar he scored a 10.15 and placed 3rd. Dunigan’s all-around was 59.65.
   On his heals was team-mate Zeph Thomas who went up against nearly 50 other 9-year-olds. He was in the top 10 on the parallel bars with a score of 9.65 and on the high bar with a score of 9.8. The level 5’s all-around score was 58.35 ranking him 13th in the enormous grouping.

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Bryce Dunigan stands a-top proud to be at first-place on vault at his State Championship meet on San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 9. Dunigan qualified to the Regional Championship meet in Reno in April.

   On the level 4 team was Beck Thomas on floor he placed 4th with a 10.1, on rings he placed 5th with a 10.2, on vault he took 3rd with a 9.2, on parallel bars he took 4th with a 9.9 and on high bar he took 5th with a 9.6. The level 4 Thomas scored a total of 57.6 and took 5th overall in the younger boys’ level 4 age grouping. Teammate Christopher Otis was in the top 10 on the rings with 9.7 and ties with Thomas on the vault with a 3rd place win at a 9.2.
   Level 5 Michael Kesler was in the top 10 on rings with a 9.65, on vault with a 8.85 and on p-bars with a 8.15 while level 4 Kohen Rugg finished out the season strong with a 8.6 on floor, 8.0 on pommel, 8.9 on rings, 8.7 on vault, 8.3 on

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Zeph Thomas performs his high-bar routine in San Luis Obispo on March 9. He ranked in the top 10 on this event out of nearly 50 competitors. Thomas qualified to the Regional Championship meet in Reno in April.

parallel bars and a 7.1 on the high bar.
   “I am thrilled with the success of these boys,” Natalie Otis, coach of the boys’ teams, said. “Both Bryce (Dunigan) and Zeph (Thomas) qualified to Regional Championships. We are looking forward to great things from this team both at Regionals and in the next few years to come.”
   The coach has been working to make gymnastics more relevant to boys in Auburn by incorporating some elements that boys love like using games to learn strength moves and by having more team-building days.
“We plan on being a strong team in boys’ gymnastics in Auburn and I look forward to our future with these guys and hopefully more of their friends too,” Otis said.
   The coach said she is going to attend two gymnastics training camps one leading up to the Level 5 Regional meet in Reno, NV on April 7 and the other in May.
“This team is fun to be on and I am excited for our future,” Otis said. “What isn’t there to love about gymnastics”?

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