2017 Flips Invitational Reno, NV

Nine Gymnasts Shine Posting Banner Scores!


AUBURN - Fighting through tough travel conditions from Auburn to Reno was just a warm up for what the Auburn Gymnastics Center girls’ team had to fight through at the 2017 Flips Invitational in Reno, Nevada over the weekend.

Nine determined young athletes from 10 to 15-years-old attended the multi-state invitational gymnastics competition held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada and were prepared to battle it out against gymnastics teams from Washington to Texas.

“We knew we had our work cut out for us,” Coach Jennifer Christenson said. “The girls are three meets into their season and are getting better and better but so are the other gymnasts too.”

The team responded to the challenge by putting up record scores and dominating the awards stand.

The weekend started out with five Level 7 gymnasts who started strong on the vault and set the pace for what was a record-breaking weekend for the advanced gymnastics team on the apparatus where they earned three gold medals over two levels and three divisions.

Level 7 Kyla Rector was the team’s highest score for vault of the combined meets. She scored a whopping 9.55 on vault earning her a 1st place in her age division.

“She is very impressive to watch,” Christenson said.

Rector is part of a five-person Level 7 team who also showed up big for the balance beam.

Marissa Jilot lead the run of big beam scored earring a 9.425, Maya Thrasher scored a 9.225 earning 2nd place, Katelyn Carter scored a 9.125 earning 3rd and Midori Ogino scored a 9.100 also coming in 3rd in her division.

Rebekah Durham, Ana Hamilton, Holly Hansen and Annaliese Nobile took to the floor for their session of the tournament also starting on vault where Ana Hamilton and Holly Hansen both took 1st place. The two dynamic girls went on to be too tough to beat during the course of the meet each scoring a 37.375 out of a possible 40 and taking the all-around gold in their respective age divisions.

Rebekah Durham also was strong through the competition and took 1st on the beam and Annaliese Nobile came up big on the bars with a 9.425 and 2nd place.

“Now we are back in the gym working and on to Freemont, Calif.,” Christenson said. “We expect another tough week but these guys are always ready to put their best foot forward and see how they stack up. It’s what we do.”

The team trains from 9 to 20 hours a week at Auburn Gymnastics Center.


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

Call (530) 823-2031 or go to www.auburn-gymnastics.com for more information.