Auburn gym soars to new heights!


AUBURN- The high-flying kids from Auburn Gymnastics Center were on center stage in Richmond, Calif. at the Gold Country Classic.


Sixteen of the center’s girls’ and boys’ team members from 7 to 17 years old turned it on for the weekend-long gymnastics competition.

A gym first in the men’s gymnastics division came from 13-year-old Zeph Thomas who received a banner score of 11.8 out of a possible 12 on the men’s high bar. “It was an epic moment for sure. The score came up and he literally thought it was a mistake, but it wasn’t,” Coach Bobby Huckins said. “He came up big.” Thomas went on to win the parallel bars and came in 2nd on the rings.

The team was on a roll as level 5 gymnast Kannon Rector, an Auburn Elementary School 2nd grader, won his division with a 62 all-around score and taking 1st place on the pommel horse with a 10.9, 1st place on rings with an 11.5, and 1st place on parallel bars with a 10.1. “He was on fire,” Huckins said. “He is a great competitor.”
In the Level 5 10-year-old age division, Kohen Rugg hit the podium for every event and landed 2nd place overall with a 58. Rugg finished 3rd on pommel horse and the high bar. “It was his best meet of the season and he was fighting for it every event,” Huckins said. “We were happy to see him come out on top.”

Gavin Otis, a 7-year-old 1st grader from Bowman Charter School took 3rd on the parallel bars and was in the top 5 on the pommel horse and the high bar and took 5th in the all-around.

A stellar top finisher for the USA Gymnastics women’s gymnastics competition at the same venue in Richmond, Calif. was Maya Thrasher who came in 1st overall with a total score of 36.8. She also won the vault with a 9.25 and the floor with a 9.6 and was 2nd on the bars with a 9.2. “She was stunning,” head women’s coach at Auburn Gymnastics Center Jennifer Christenson, said. “It was a finely executed performance where there were very little errors.”

Teammate Annaliese Nobile came up big on the balance beam with a 9.0 placing 2nd and took 3rd on the bars with a 9.15. Nobile scored a total of 36.325 out of 40 in the all-around.

Scoring an even 36 was Marissa Jilot who won the level 6 division younger competition on the beam and the floor. The 10-year-old came up big on the beam with a 9.4.

Carley Mickel, 15, was 3rd on vault where she put up a 9.075 and came in 3rd overall with a 35.975.
“Carley finished the weekend for us and it was a breath of fresh air she had fun and had some standout performances,” Christenson said. “She is having an epic season.”

Floor was a standout event for the girls team with level 7 Sierra Gartrell and level 8 Emily Esteban earning 3rd place for the respective levels and age divisions.

“Floor has been a great event for us all season,” Christenson said. “As we move into the next three weeks we compete back to back and get ramped up for our state-wide competitions. The work is more important now as were looking for the consistency that we need at the state level.”


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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