Elevate Gym Fest Invitational March 2017


AUBURN - Auburn’s gymnastics team stole the show at the Elevate Gym Fest Invitational in North Highlands, Calif. with four gymnasts winning all-around gold and seventeen claiming top spots on the podium.

Thirteen-year-old Ana Hamilton claimed the all-around title and took the gold, in the older age division as well as 1st place on the floor exercise, balance beam and the uneven bars with a record-breaking performance on floor that earned her a 9.775 on the floor.

“Stunning,” Coach Jennifer Christenson said. “Absolutely stunning.”

Annaliese Nobile won the all-around in her age bracket and division as well. She nailed her vault, bars, floor winning 1st on all three events. She took home the 1st place all-around medal.

Holly Hansen took 1st place in her competition winning a total of five of five 1st place medals.

Joining her team for the first time this gymnastics season was 17-year-old Emily Esteban, who is recovering from an ankle injury she suffered just before the season started back in December.

“It’s was an ankle sprain from a landing on bars and we have been working to get it back,” Christenson said. “She is a great gymnast and were looking forward to coming out strong next season.”

Esteban competed on the bars, floor and beam and won 1st place on every event.

The level 7 team was led by Kyla Rector who scored a 36.65. Teammate Marissa Jilot scored a 36.625 while Maya Thrasher scored a 36.5, Katelyn Carter scored a 34.25 and Midori Ogino scored a 33.625.

The level 6 team was led by Mariah Belman who scored a 9.475 on vault winning the 2nd place honor while Delaney Stetka stood out on the vault and beam and coming in 4th on both events.

While Auburn Gymnastics Center’s girls team was claiming their share of medals, the dominating boys’ team was in Pleasanton, Calif. Making their own mark.

Leading the effort was Zeph Thomas who was 2nd on both the pommel horse and the vault.

Rings was where the Auburn team medaled most frequently. Level 5, Gavin Otis, won 1st place and teammate, Johnathan Lyda took 3rd. Level 4 Noah Al-Shaikh was 2nd and teammate Wyatt Walker came in 3rd.

Level 6 Kohen Rugg took 3rd on the pommel horse while teammate Christopher Otis took 5th.

Level 6 Beck Thomas and Kannon Rector delivered on the parallel bars with Thomas earning 4th and Rector earning 5th.

Level 5 high bar top score came from Parker Steinmann.

Level 4 super vaulter Daniel Medrano was in the top 10 and John Wood earned an 8.8 on the vault while Alex Harris scored an 8.9.

“The next stop for us is State Championships,” Christenson said. “We will be ready.”


Auburn Gymnastics Center specializes in teaching gymnastics to children of all ages and abilities and features a special needs gymnastics program that offers scholarships.

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